October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, it seems as though the issue of domestic violence does not get as much attention as the issue of breast cancer. Now, don’t get me wrong I am not downplaying the breast cancer plight, as I personally know breast cancer survivors. Yet, there needs to be more conversation and funding put towards domestic violence prevention and after care.
Domestic Violence Is A Silent Killer
Domestic violence is a silent killer in our communities and families. It is a silent killer, because many people who are being abused or have been abused don’t share that fact with others. Instead they suffer internally from the stress and trauma. Next year during the month of October I would like to see just as many purple ribbons as I do pink ribbons. Matter of fact, it would be beautiful to see more purple ribbons all year long and not just for one month.
As a domestic violence survivor I am taking up the mantle and finally speaking up and out about the abuse I suffered. It took me 30 years to get to this point and yes, I suffered in silence for over 30 years. So I know the pain and turmoil that is experienced by survivors. Especially, survivors that do not go through psychological counsel. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other illnesses may be experienced afterward. I won’t go too deep into that topic on this post. However, I do encourage any person reading this who is being abused to LEAVE. Seek help and know that you deserve better. Love yourself enough to say NO MORE ABUSE.
If you or someone you know is being abused. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) / 1-800-787-3224 TTY
Visit their website: http://thehotline.org
Secure online chat: http://www.thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat/