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October is National Domestic Violence Month and @VUnsilenced is here to help every month

Violence unsilencedAs a mom I want to put my kids on Craigslist some days. Or Ebay. Or FreeCycle.

But that’s me and my kids.

Anyone else lays a hand on my kids, verbally attacks them or abuses them in any way and I WILL MAKE SURE THEY NEVER FIND A BODY.

I have pretty strong feeling about abusers.

Of any kind.

The ones that hurt you and leave behind broken bones and bruises.

The ones that hurt you and leave the scars you can’t see.

The ones that hurt you, but always apologize.

The ones that hurt you until you realize you don’t know how to be NOT hurt.

The ones that hurt you in ways that you don’t show but never fully heal from.

The ones that hurt you in your heart.

These are abusers.

I hate them.

Someone once abused me and it took a long time before I was able to start healing.

I’m still healing.

When I’m sixty, I’ll still be healing.

October is National Domestic Violence Month and it’s a month very important to me. And to others on the Babble Voices roster.

I was honored to be asked to be on the Board of Directors for Violence Unsilenced.  A site where survivors of emotional or physical domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse are invited to share their tales of endurance and recovery.

Where I was invited to share mine.

If you never click a link or check out the amazing work Maggie has done, know that you can make the difference in someone’s life.

Offer to help.

Just listen.

Believe.

Sometimes that’s enough.

Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

UK Hotline: 0808 2000 247 and the UK Women’s Aid Homepage

CANADA: Hotline: 1-800-363-9010 and Canada Abuse Directory

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