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A Vicious Cycle

Dana explains the cycle of frustration and isolation that abuse can create.

By Dana Wilkey

I’m pretty passionate about the subject matter of today’s episode. I love Taylor and that is why I didn't want Lisa at her Investor Business Daily event. Lisa's friendship with Taylor up to this point had not consisted of much more than back handed compliments, and she was barely cordial to me, so I thought her coming would be bad for Taylor's confidence.

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I am very protective of Taylor in general. At the Tea Party, I know Taylor was telling her "truth" to Lisa, not to be hurtful, but to try and get the B.S. between the two of them out of the way (so they could try to have a real friendship). I know her intentions were not to do anything negative -- Taylor isn't that person. I thought she was very brave in this episode. I feel that Lisa does not like controversy and so she often jokes off her disapprovals, which can be hurtful to others without her realizing it. I was disappointed in the way Camille chose to address her concerns about what Taylor had told her. In my opinion, it came off angry, but this is to be expected as I will explain.

I work with 1736 Family Crisis Center. Taylor and I do fundraising for them. I have learned a lot through the organization about the topic of abuse, the frustration and confusion that is often felt by the friends of victims of abuse, and how that can impact that person.

I want women that are in these types of situations with their loved ones to have the knowledge and strength to help themselves and their friends. Do not be afraid to speak, if you are being abused there is help. Please reach out to a professional if you need more information.

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