#ImBeautyInspired to be a part of the #WomensLives initiative, a media partnership between Public Radio International (PRI) and SheKnows Media, BlogHer’s parent company which, seeks to change the conversation in news media because #WomensLives matter.
I will be sharing stories and writing post about something that is near and dear to my heart, women’s issues. It is my hope to bring more awareness and support for important issues such as equal pay for women, mental illness and domestic violence.
Unfortunately, these are issues that society tends to shun away from but through this initiative they will have a voice and be part of important conversations.
The topic for today is domestic violence. I’m not sure if you knew this or not but the domestic violence Super Bowl PSA was a real 911 call. #WomensLives matter; find out what it was like for one woman as she shares her story. http://c.bher.co/81
My life matters and #ImBeautyInspired to love me, live free and share my story below.
I decided to share an excerpt from my recently published book, “#ImBeautyInspired A Keepsake Journal of Original Beauty Quotes & Affirmations!” because I was a witness of domestic violence, I was a victim of domestic violence and now I am a survivor of domestic violence. For most women, domestic violence usually starts at a young age with self-esteem issues and I wrote my book because I want to empower young women and girls to embrace their inner beauty. I want them to understand that beauty is not in the eye of the beholder; beauty is in the mind of the beholder! And they will gain an understanding of this and more through the interactive journal.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 1: The Beauty of Strength!
Beauty is being naturally you; baring it all without filters!
Today, I am being naturally me and baring it all without filters! I am sharing a side of me that I have rarely share publicly because I hope to bring awareness to my readers and I believe that beauty starts from the inside out.
As a child, I watched my father abuse my mother, as a teen I was abused physically by a high school boyfriend and verbally as an adult. Today, I realize that I am beautiful and love is not abusive!
I wrote a poem from the heart in the late 90’s as a dedication to my younger self and any woman who has experienced domestic violence.
This is not just a poem from what I have seen, heard or experienced, it is a poem for anyone who has been affected by domestic violence or someone who is in denial. I pray and hope that this helps someone to seek shelter and help.
Love to the Limit
As your fist hits my face
Your imprints are left upon my cheek
As I scream in an outrage
You laugh to keep from feeling guilt
I LOVE YOU! I scream
You laugh once again and reply with a kick
I’m sorry, I’m sorry
Falling to my knees
Begging and pleading
But you say nothing
And I think why does this have to be me
Your brain filled with insanity
I don’t know what’s next
You punch me in the stomach
And continue with vital threats
As I lie on the floor pain bruised and in pain
No movement from my body
Just my blood and your shame
I try to weep for help
But there’s no one near
I start to grasp for breath
But you choose not to hear
You turn your back and walk away
Leaving me to be
I knew this was the end
How could you do this to me?
I did nothing but love you
And what did you return to me
An act of hatred
Why was that so hard for me to see?
Domestic violence is a disease and if you suffer from it, seek help and call the hotline 1.800.799.7233. Let’s make a difference and start by answering the following questions: How can we help women who suffer from domestic violence? How can we help our young girls avoid being a victim? How will you get involved? Start by commenting below and being a part of the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #WomensLives. Have a day filled with strength!
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