I had a very emotional, exhausting, and draining weekend. I experienced a shocking, and yet-not-so-shocking, encounter during a meditation session that I tried to accomplish with my ex-abuser/ex-husband. However, through this “unexpected episode” which I will post later, I have found my true calling. I have had an eye opener, an AH-HA moment.
I have awoken from a very deep sleep of denial.
But before I begin to send my emotions and thoughts into journal form, I have decided to send some very important facts your way, facts about an issue very close to my heart ~ Domestic Violence.
- Half of all married women in the United States are physically abused at some time in their marriage.
- One in 10 teenagers will be involved in a violent dating relationship before graduating from high school.
- A woman is beaten every 10 seconds.
- Domestic violence is the most under-reported crime in the US.
- Domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic backgrounds, regardless of race, religion, or level of education.
- Battering often occurs during pregnancy.
- 10 women a day die at the hands of their husbands or partners.
- Every five years the number of women in the US who die at the hands of their partners is equal to the number of males who died in the Vietnam War.
- Abused women comprise 20% of all women presenting injuries in hospital emergency rooms.
Please remember that these women and children need our help. They need our voice. They need us to help protect them and their children. These woman are in a situation that they feel is no turning back. This is the end. I was there. I understand.
But, this isn’t the end.
This is only the beginning. We need to help them realize that there is life after abuse. That life out there can be beautiful and safe. They need to know that there is light at the end of this horrific path.
We need to let them know that they can SURVIVE. I need to let them know they can survive. Why? Because I survived. And if I can be a survivor, than anyone can be a survivor. We must all help. We must all stand together to help stop Domestic Violence. We must all stand together and be Mothers Fighting for Others.
I hope you join us.