This challenge is to break the silence for battered women. For too long we have heard reports of women in abusive relationships and some never being able to escape. Being battered doesn't necessarily mean physically abused. Battered means a pattern of behavior by someone who wants to maintain power and control over another person. Abuse can be economic which means they don't want you to work so you are solely depending on them; emotional which means they yell, curse, and degrade you in front of others; intimidation which means they put fear in you that they will hurt you or possibly your children or family members if you leave them; and coercion and sexual violence which means they force themselves on you feeling almost as if you are being raped.
We know that there are local support groups, hotlines, and shelters for battered women but we never really hear the success stories of battered women speaking out about what they went through or showing how you can still live a successful life, have great families, and a career after enduring such pain. So we want to start a network of women for women who have been involved in abusive relationships and have survival stories. These stories are going to bring healing to the person writing if they never talked about it and it is also going to help another women who is possibly still in the abusive relationship get the courage to take the first step and break the silence.
This subject is very dear to my heart because I am a survivor too! When I was 15 years old I became involved in an abusive relationship. I stayed in that relationship for 4 long years, it almost destroyed my life. I dropped out of school, gave up on my hopes and dreams, and felt trapped. This guy had just that much control over my life. He told me, "if I can't have you then no one else will". These words haunted me throughout my young adult live. First the relationship started out as love but then it ended in jealousy. When I tried to leave him, he kidnapped me and took me to his house. After beating me and throwing me against a glass table, he pulled out a double-barrel shot gun and loaded it in front of me. He told me he loved me and just when I felt the last tear drop fall from my face, he pulled the trigger. I thought my dead body was going to hit the floor but the bullet jammed and I was alive. He became so angry, he locked me in the house and left. I was able to find a way to escape and never looked back. I didn't know the Lord then but I promised if He got me out of that situation I would never go back. It was that day that I decided to break the silence and tell my family of the things that was going on with me.
Don't wait until death is knocking at your door before you decide to break the silence.
So again, Here is the challenge: "Break The Silence"
Write your story and let it be told across America so you can bring strength to someone else. Your letters can be sent to: "Shattered but Not Destroyed" c/o Lady Tina Moore 134 Mill Road Rockingham, NC 28379. As a token of your strength for writing the letter I want to send to you a "Break the Silence" bracelet. It is the color blue which represents confidence, power, integrity, and faith. It's never to late to get out! If you would like to hear more about my story you can read the book entitled "Shattered but Not Destroyed", you can watch a clip on youtube.com with the same title. You can also find me on facebook, www.kingdomconnectionschurch.org and/or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make a donation for The Soraya Foundation to help battered women and teens please email me or write to the address above! Thanks for all your support!