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Spiritual Abuse Victims, What Is Something About It You Wish More People Understood?

Abuse is abuse, no matter what form it takes.

Spiritual or religious abuse is when someone (often an intimate partner or religious leader) uses religion or faith to abuse others, and it shows up in many different forms. If you've experienced this, we want to hear from you.

Close-up of a candle in St. Lawrence Church in Nuremberg City, Germany
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Maybe your partner prevented you from practicing your faith freely and kept you away from family and friends who did.

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Perhaps they shamed you and constantly told you that you were a bad representation of your faith because of the things you did (or didn't do).

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Or maybe they justified their actions by using religious texts, and that has since caused you to have a difficult relationship with your faith.

A person reading the Holy Bible and clasping their hands together
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We want to hear your stories, and most importantly, we want you to tell us what you wish more people knew about spiritual abuse.

You can share your story in the comments below or use this anonymous form. Entries may be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post.

If you or someone you know is being abused, you can call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or chat with an advocate via the website.