Saturday, September 20, 2014

End The Silence

"I got flowers today!

And it wasn't Valentines Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me;
Make-up and long sleeves didn't hide the cuts and bruises this time;
I couldn't go to work today because I didn't want anyone to know—but I know he’s sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today..."


This is an excerpt from a poem I heard awhile ago about domestic violence. But it's much more than that - more than a poem- it's a untold story. Untold by the millions of women and children around the world who suffer daily. The only thing keeping them grounded is the small hope that their partner/parent will change because they know that somewhere in their heart "he loves me"But what is love; if it's not protection. What is love; if it's not caring. If it's not trustworthy, respectful and ultimately if it's not a safe haven. Too many times we give someone a pass to hurt us by claiming love but was is it really there to begin with.

This past week I went to a Women's Rally called "Take Back The Night". A march where women and men from all walks of life wanted to spread awareness on the conversation (Or rather the lack of) regarding the domestic violence and abuse towards women and children. Too often do women feel the need to remain silent on what is happening within their homes because they don't know where to turn or who they can trust. Which makes it easier for them to stay stagnant in the abuse.

Don't ever feel like you need to stay in a place where violence is eminent towards you or your loved ones. You're better than that and your life is worth more than you could ever imagine. Remember that even when you feel alone, someone is on your side. 

I'm going to end this post with a picture of a pledge I took at this rally and I would encourage everyone of you who read this pledge to take it as well.


Peace. 
And Remember to 
"End The Silence On Domestic Violence"

  

  

2 comments:

  1. This is very inspirational! Beautifully written:')
    June
    The Journeys' of my beating heart

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  2. True. What is love if not protection or care? No one deserves such kind of domestic abuse and no one should bear this. You have a very good point there, lady.

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