Bystander Intervention: Silence and denial are not helpful.

Waning: This post contains mentions of mental abuse towards a child.

There was constant emotional abuse in my home as a child that impacted me for life. I keep learning and recovering. I read years ago about making deep, solid eye contact with kids who are being belittled in public and giving them my presence as a witness to their injustice. Just knowing they are seen and validated helps. I could not take them away from abuse, but I could honor their inner conviction of self-worth. I take this to heart and reach out to adults facing harassment in public. Staying stronger together, we lessen the pain. Silence and denial are not helpful.