11 Startling Confessions About Why Some Women Have To Wear Makeup

As Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins on Wednesday, a look at what some alleged victims of abuse have said on the anonymous sharing app Whisper about how and why they cover up their injuries. Warning: Graphic images.

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1. To avoid suspicion:

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2. To hide the visible signs of anger:

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3. To keep things in the family:

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4. To avoid questions:

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5. To try to forget:

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6. To keep up the status quo:

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7. To make the best of it:

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8. To conceal the pain:

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9. To try to keep going:

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10. To hide in plain sight:

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11. Because it can feel like there's no other option:

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If you are in an abusive relationship you can get help through the Domestic Violence Hotline.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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