Bill of Rights for Survivors of Emotional Abuse

By Dr. Jim Fogarty

1.     I have the right to say “No” and not be hassled or emotionally manipulated because I said no.

2.     I have a right to have honesty from anyone I am involved with.

3.     I have the right to exit a relationship.

4.     I have a right to safety at all times.

5.     I have a right to loyalty with partners, friends, family, and coworkers.

6.     I have a right to forgive, but I have a right to forgive without continuing the relationship.

7.     I have a right to make my own decisions.

8.     I have a right to feel good about myself.

9.     I have a right to eliminate people from my life who continually emotionally  manipulate me.

10.   I have a right to have and believe my own opinions.

11.   I have a right to disagree with people, but still have a good relationship with them.

12.   I have a right to have as many friends as I want.

13.   I have a right to unconditional love.

14.   I have a right to expect integrity and authenticity from people.

15.   I have a right to a balanced life, including a close partner, friends, and family.

16.   I have a right to confront anyone who tried to emotionally manipulate me.

17.   I have a right to my own distinct and unique identity.