October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month is the time to remember all the victims who passed over because of acts of domestic violence. They remind us why we are doing this. It’s also time to remember all the women, men, and children currently living in fear that they will be physically violated at any moment. How many are out there now experiencing this?
Think about how it feels to be in a scary place and not having the power to leave it. Think of all those who escaped the violence, in our free democratic country and all the countries who are not so free. When it comes to domestic violence, we know freedom is a relative term. Know that countries protect and support abusers, both in public and in quiet. Know that the silence of our representatives speaks volumes.
Moms and dads, look into the eyes of your children and remember that they are watching us always. They see us when we speak out. They see us when we choose to be quiet. They also see acts of violence and are victimized every day, in every country.
The domestic violence awareness month is a time to remember. It also is a time for action. If you are capable of educating, supporting, and protecting victims of abuse then you must. It’s a time to bear witness. To seek out what is happening. Not to shy away and pretend it doesn’t exist. Statistically it is hard to be a person who has not been affected by abuse, either directly or indirectly. So this month is for everyone.
Use this month. Seek out local seminars and events. Then use what you learn for the other 11 months of the year. Honor the victims. Embrace action.