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View Diary: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (19 comments)

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  •  How I so understand this: (6+ / 0-)
    It undermined my faith in my own judgment for a while, especially in men. ::shudder:: Liking an abuser is scary, even if he doesn't directly target you.
    At the time of my own glimpse into the aftermath of domestic violence, I was very idealistic with way too much innocence.  The family was the outward example of the perfect family living an American dream.  No way to grok-by appearance- that the abuser was capable of throwing their spouse across the room & breaking a tot in half while the young son watched.

    Like you, it left a mark & took a certain innocence forever from me.  And this just from the aftermath.  I cannot begin to imagine the horror of witnessing violence in person like you did & somehow cope.

    To this day I have nightmare thoughts wondering if the young (and un-abused) son who witnessed countless acts of violence grew up to become an abuser.  And my soul wails for the nameless & faceless others who endure violence daily.

    You were very brave in doing the right thing, allergywoman.  It should ease your soul somewhat in knowing this & that you continue to bring attention to domestic violence.  

    Thank you again for courage & commitment & for this diary.

    •  It matters to me. (7+ / 0-)

      At one point I was regularly attending a UU church, and one sermon really struck me. It was on the diversity of problems facing us, and how some of them resonate more deeply with me, say, and some resonate with you, and we have to take the ones with which we resonate, and leave the others to others.

      Apparently this is one of my issues, like it or not (and believe me, I wish it didn't end up that way), so I feel obliged to do something about it.

      Thank you for reading. See you around DK. :)

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