Domestic Violence is also a Women Health Issue
October 13, 2017
BENEFITING: Women Of Refined Gold Inc
The word victim and survivor are often used interchangeably. Depending on where the person that was victimized is at in their healing process, they are considered a victim or a survivor. Only God knows the journey that it took me (and all other victim’s) to get from “victim to survivor”. The only thing I can share with you is that it was an unbearable and extremely painful process that I would not even wish on my worst enemy. Even though I am now considered a survivor, it is an ongoing process to continue to spread awareness so that other women can be healed.
As a young girl I always dreamed that my life would be so wonderful. At the age of 13
I began thinking about my future. It went a little something like this, "I would graduate college and start a career. I would meet my husband in college, we would have 1 maybe 2 children, and just like the movies we would live in this nice neighborhood with a white picket fence. That is the picture I had painted in my mind. Once I turned 15 life for me changed in a drastic way. I had gotten pregnant, I realized I wasn't in college I was still in Junior High School. My educated husband was a middle school dropout who sold drugs. That should have been my clue that he would be a possible abuser, but I have fallen in love with the idea that someone was paying me attention, talking to me long nights on the phone, and letting me wear his jacket in school so everyone new I was his girlfriend.
This is the cycle that too many of us women get trapped in because we are simply looking for love in all the wrong places. At the age of 16 is when I experienced my first punch. That first punch had me really confused because I am thinking is this what a relationship is about. My mom or dad never had those talks with me so I was very hurt and confused at the same time.
Women of Refined Gold, Inc needs your help in helping us spread the awareness on domestic violence. Many women have been silent and will continue to be silent if we don't increase our visiblity in our communities, if we don't build up the courage to speak up, and most important don't provide the needed safehavens in our community in order for them to escape.
Your donations will help this organization provide outreach, counseling, crisis lines and information and referrals for shelters so they are able to escape to a safe place with their children, and financial literacy so that they are able to be self sufficient enough to not have to depend on the abuser.
$200 will provide 3 days of shelter service for a family of 3
$50 will provide food for a week
$25 will provide toiletries needed for the families
$20 will provide a monthly bus pass for those who don't have transportation.
Help Women of Refined Gold continue to provide the needed resources for victim, and overcomers.