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i'm passionate about raising awareness about abuse & violence. i'm sure everybody is already aware of that. nearly a year ago, i shared my story of abuse with my readers. it was very brief.  i was very impressed at the women that came out & opened up about their abuse story. whether it was through emails or comments, my heart ached with pain for all of these women.

in high school, i participated in project attempting to get the legislature to pass a law allowing teenagers to access protective orders. in that process, i was educating all my friends about abuse, the insane statistics, and  what to do if you are in that situation. surprisingly, i had about three people in those first few months open up to me about abuse. one was one of my BEST FRIENDS opening up about her dad abusing her. i was shocked. simply because so many women keep quiet about this their whole lives. 

you have no idea who has been through it. you have no idea who's hurting & aching inside. you have no idea how many women struggle with who they are because of a selfish person who decided to take their confidence away. all of it. 

i decided to ask a few of my friends to share their story on abuse. some wished to stay anonymous. and some didn't. this is an amazing thing & i would love for everyone to read & realize..i never would have known about these ladies if it weren't for opening up & talking about it.


to begin, i suppose i'll start with me.









below, is ashlee. i found her while doing a little research on dating/domestic violence. she has an insane story. she was abused by the same brandon listed above by katie. she was thrown out of a car going 80mph on the freeway and left there to die. below, you can see some pictures of what she went through. 




she is alive & doing well. she is reaching out to all and trying to pass violence laws prohibiting attackers from continuing their selfish acts. 

i hope all of these amazing beautiful women know their worth. i also hope they realize that they are survivors. and that they are very strong. my greatest wish is for everyone to speak up. and be an advocate toward those who are in violent situations. i had no idea friends of mine were experiencing this until i decided to open my mouth, build up some courage, & tell my story. even if it's brief, not specific, and short. these women understand me. 

this crap is COMMON. it happens to 1 IN 3 WOMEN. 1 in 3. that is insane. that is madness. so many people are experiencing this and we don't even know it. we don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

these are all ladies that god has lead me to. some are close FRIENDS of mine. the fact that i opened up & talked about it lead me to so many people who have experienced the exact same thing. we must talk about it. we must get it out there in the open. we must raise awareness. & we need to break this cycle.

13 comments

  1. Wow. I admire all the strength and courage you and all these woman have had to speak up about what happened to them in order to help other woman. This is truly amazing, you all inspire me.

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  2. Oh. My. Gosh! Those poor women! It's so great that you're helping spread awareness!

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  3. I am sitting here with my mouth covered and in tears and in shock. OMG. NO WOMAN....should ever be put thru any of that. that's awful. anyone who abuses or hurts someone on purpose needs to be hung or worse. God will give you things in life that will make you stronger than you ever thought you would be. It is God who has brought all of us together. I am very happy you did this hun.

    it shows alot. Abuse isnt a thing we should take likely.

    Lets all come together and for fun and to get our minds off things for a chance lets join in on my blog hop.

    Please be sure to stop by today if not during the week for the blog hop
    http://pinkowl07.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-fun-day-hop.html

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  4. Amanda, thank you so much for sharing your story, and those of these other beautiful women. It is so important for women to speak out about their experiences. I have never been in an abusive relationship, and I never understood why women would ever stay in one. But through stories like yours I have realized what may really go on and why it is often so much more difficult than simply leaving their abuser. I am so happy to hear that you have found strength through God - he can truly heal!

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  5. Wish there was a way to add these ladies to blog? if you can email me their links please. I'd love to get to know them and follow them.

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  6. Wow. I don't even know where to begin. I am so proud of you and all these women for their strength in sharing their stories. I am so moved. Stay strong.

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  7. wow. I read every single one of these. You are all so beautiful and strong and LOVABLE and LOVED! Thank you for sharing your stories with me.

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  8. this makes me so sad and sick to my stomach. it disgusts me that people can do this to each other! thank you for raising awareness! you are wonderful, and if we all raise awareness, maybe, HOPEFULLY, things will change. the girls who wrote above are so brave, YOU are so brave. & you are all wonderful.

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  9. thanks for sharing all of this amanda.
    i actually took a women's health class and this was a big issue.
    i've read and learned a lot, but i am still always so shocked.
    it really is a bigger issue then many people think.
    even in our small state of utah.
    you never really realize that abuse comes in so many forms.
    thanks for being so brave.
    love you lady.

    K

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  10. i love this. so much. i'm so proud of you for standing up for this, amanda! it needs to be known... & abuse is abuse, whether extreme or not. it shouldn't be tolerated. this has actually been on my mind a lot recently, because previous relationships have affected the way that i go into new relationships now. how unfair it is that so many women (& men too!) have to go through this.

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  11. This is so amazing that you have all shared your stories. I grew up in an abusive home so I know that this was not easy for you to share. Thanks you.

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  12. Wow, thanks for sharing all of this. You guys are all such strong woman. I admire that. I was in a controlling relationship in high school and so I can relate a little bit.

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  13. Thank you for sharing, This is a powerful post and it helps me feel like I'm not alone in things like this! You are beautiful and amazing as are all if these women! Love ya!

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