Have the byproduct of a lovely discussion with experimentalmadness on Dragon Age & abuse
Morrigan, Anders, Alistair, Zevran, Cullen, Fenris, Isabela, Leliana, & probably a handful of others are survivors of abuse whether it was mental, emotional, physical, sexual or a combination. Anders, Fenris, Velanna & Merrill still continually suffer from systematic abuse.
Under no circumstance is abuse of any kind justified, abuse is abuse, no one deserves that. It isn’t a competition to see who was “abused the most”, it doesn’t matter if the abuse was a result of other abuses, & one type of abuse isn’t worse than another.
And because I know someone is going to take this as “well if they’re an abuse survivor then that justifies/excuses what they did in turn”, no it doesn’t. Any wrong they do or say because of it isn’t justified or excused just because they were abused.
Their abuse is there, it needs to be acknowledged & understood. It doesn’t need to be invalidated, ignored, or written off for whatever reason.