G.R.O.W. Foundation held an event last night at the Venue called “We Need to Talk.” Several organizations and individuals sponsored, assisted, and/or spoke to bring more awareness to the problem of domestic violence. Abuse is not limited to broken bones. Many times, because we can’t immediately “see” the damage (ex. bruises), we assume that it’s not harmful. However, abuse has many faces and many forms. The percentage of people affected is staggering, but many will not speak up for various reasons – stigma, shame, previous requests for assistance denied, etc. If you or someone you know is affected, please seek assistance. DO NOT tag them, send a message to an account that may be checked by the abusive partner, or bring attention to their situation publicly as you could potentially affect a safety plan already in place. Feel free to share on your page and/or share resources in your area so your contacts can get assistance locally.
Sometimes, we don’t recognize that people are intentionally hurting us and need other people to point out dysfunction. Sometimes, there are times where we must speak up to be the voice for those whose voices have been silenced. I understand how hard it can be to report abuse because I’ve had to make that decision and had to give a statement at the police station. I understand some of the reasons people offer for remaining in abusive relationships because I’ve used some of them. The sad truth is that sometimes, these relationships end horribly and cause permanent damage or even death. If you feel that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, seek help immediately.
Domestic Violence hotline – 1−800−799−7233 http://www.thehotline.org/
Sexual Assault hotline – 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) https://www.rainn.org/
Suicide hotlines – http://suicidehotlines.com/
Check your local organizations, such as the YWCA. If you are unaware of where to start, you may want to try your state’s department of social services to get a list of facilities, shelters, missions groups, organizations, etc. near you.
(“Love What I See” poem is on FB page.)
You are not alone.
People do care about you.
You are irreplaceable.
You have been fearfully and wonderfully made.