Abuse can be compared with slavery. In fact: Certain types of abuse ARE slavery.
Slavery is the "social status" of human beings known as slaves.
These men, women and children are under the abslute control and command of another human being; the slave
owner. The slave owner "owns" the slave as we may own a pet.
Historically: Slavery has served slave owners as a means
of securing the labour (or the services) of the slave; without that slave having any right to refuse, leave or receive
anything in return for their labour - other than food, shelter and clothing.
Any slave attempting to escape would expect to be savagely beaten or
even killed. Perversely, their crime (for which they could've been killed )being that they had deprived their owners
of their owners rightful property. That property being themselves - the slaves.
Thanks to Humanitarian endeavours
of humans such as William Wilberforce and Abraham Lincoln: Slavery officially ended in the British Empire in 1833 and
the United States in 1865. accordingly: None of us are born into slavery, and none of us should be kept as slaves.
Despite the abolition of slavery, a percentage of our species continue
to exist as the personal property of others. Trapped in abusive relationships. Controlled and owned by those who abuse us.
The comparison between being trapped in an abusive relationship
and being a slave is unfortunately, a tragically good comparison.