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.