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Although it is already the middle of the month, I am just now writing about this. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! I know it seems like everyday, every week, and every month, it awareness week for something. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Last week on Thursday was mental health awareness day! There’s always something but that’s because alot goes on in life and we need to be aware.
Domestic violence in America is a huge issue and it needs to be addressed. In 2017, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics, nearly three women were murdered every day in the United States by current or former romantic partners. That’s a total of 1,095 women each year that die from domestic violence. That is absolutely unacceptable.
The sad thing about this is that most of the women don’t report the abuse and a lot of the women stay. Some stay out of fear. Some stay because of love thinking the guy will change.
In April of 2017, Karen Smith went to work at 9am. She was a teacher at an elementary school. By noon Karen was dead. Her husband came to her classroom and shot her, one of their children and one other student. Karen had threatened to leave her husband. This was his way of telling her that she couldn’t leave him. Karen had never reported him for being abusive.
Although African American women make up only 13 percent of the US women population, they compromise about half of the female homicide victims (nbcnews.com).
We have to work together to stop domestic violence. This saying can’t be said enough, “If you see something, say something!” You don’t have to be a hero, simply calling the police or just raising your voice can save a life. The number for the domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-7233
I could write so much more about this topic but instead I will leave a link for you to check out the horrifying statistics. http://www.ncadv.org/statistics Writing about this upsets me but it needs to be addressed.
One more thing, years ago I worked with a young girl that often missed work because her boyfriend abused her. We were always concerned and she would blame herself. She’s still with that man today. Sometimes its hard to save someone who doesn’t wished to be saved. We have to remember we are better than that and we are worthy!
Thanks for reading my blog! Have a wonderful blessed day and always be kind! Remember that you matter and never give up on your dreams!