“And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones” (Mark 5: 5) .
For many abuse victims, assaults on ourselves are more than an emotional echo of earlier trauma, more than metaphorical.
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury or NSSI (commonly known as “cutting”) is generally viewed as an attempt to deal with emotional pain . Estimates suggest that as many as 14% of teens engage in cutting, at one time or another . But adults are not immune.
In sexual molestation and rape, the violation involves the body. Therefore, the body becomes the “enemy”. Self-inflicted injury is one way this can manifest. But negative feelings ranging from loneliness, worthlessness, and shame to stress, rage, and racing thoughts may prompt the same behavior . Continue reading