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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Survivor’s Story, there is Hope – Domestic Violence Awareness Month October 2013

I am a survivor of Domestic Violence. It took me a long time to finally be able to say that or even type it for that matter. Why even say or type it you ask? Because it is important for those who may be in that situation now or may become victims know that people do survive. It is important that we share our stories so that others may open their own eyes and see if there is abuse in their relationships. Or even see that it is happening to a loved one. I hid it from my loved ones for years. It took me years to come to terms with what happened. Some of it was shame, some anger and some was just plainly not admitting it to myself. Sweeping it under the rug like it did not happen does not solve anything.

This may be a hard story for people to read. I posted all of this last year on my blog. It is a 6 part series. In honor of October being Domestic Violence month, I feel it is important to keep sharing it. Maybe someone that needs to hear or read this will see it. Maybe someone will read this and be able to find the courage to get out and be safe. Maybe someone will be able to heal.

It is a long road but worth it. I welcome comments and questions both. It is not painful to discuss anymore so I am an open book for discussion. You can also contact me privately if it is too raw to speak about here. I understand that feeling as well. You are strong, you are a good person and you are worth being loved, treasured and doted on. It is Not Your Fault! Never let anyone take that from you.

The 6 posts in the Series are Linked below. Simply click on each part and it will take you directly to that post.

This blog series is from my personal experience recounting my side of an abusive situation. It is my hope that it will raise awareness and educate others about what this side of the relationship looks and feels like. It is a situation that I never thought I’d be in as a smart girl turning into a woman. I was salutatorian of my high school class. This type of thing can happen to anyone. It can blindside you and make you feel like you are literally nothing. Some people never recover fully from the events. I was lucky and can share my story in the hope that it will help others.