It Should Be Punished
I tend to think emotional and verbal abuse go hand in hand. I dealt with it from my family and in a couple of relationships I was in. Anytime I had a feeling of any sort I would be told I was imagining it, making it up, they even called me crazy. My family went to the point of hospitalizing me everytime I voiced or expressed any opinion. They would say belittling things and the minute I stepped up to ask them to stop they would tell me I was being too sensitive and call me a crybaby.
Emotional and verbal abuse is just as damaging as physical and sexual abuse. Words eh? Funny little things. They can build a person up to the point that they feel anything is possible, or tear them down until they are broken inside and feel hopeless. It is kind of like large buildings, it only takes a short amount of time to make them crumble to the ground. Yet it takes so much more time to build them up... Who was the moron who said: "sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." They obviously had no real experience with thi