Problems arise when accusations made by mistreated people with mental illness are discredited – when what they say is not believed.

When they’re not treated as “real” human beings.

They become fair game for those who hold a stigma. Those who might become cruel.

Abusers think:

“Why worry about how I treat them? If they complain who would believe them? Only I would be trusted.”

They believe that what they do doesn’t matter much..

Because those they hurt don’t matter.