Category: Domestic Violence

I keep Moving Forward: *Not allowing My past to Chart the Future*

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”    Maya Angelo I am a Survivor My grandparents unconditional love pulled me from the abyss. After years of Therapy, I have a clear heart, no anger or self loathing. Not forgiving….forgetting, to allow myself to move forward. Over the years, people brought sunshine into my life. You were … Read More I keep Moving Forward: *Not allowing My past to Chart the Future*

Everyone Suffers in Abusive Household

Original post 3/2014 Everyone suffers in an abusive environment. Our house was always in chaos. An alcoholic stepfather who abused my mother and a mother who abused her daughter. There were three other children in the house who saw the abuse, heard the screams and threats. I used to think the victim was the only person with scars. At 9 years old I survived … Read More Everyone Suffers in Abusive Household

RAINN: Justice for All ACT is signed.

RAINN: Update and Details on the Justice for all Act https://www.rainn.org/news/congress-passes-justice-all-act-heads-president-desk-signature https://www.rainn.org/articles/how-respond-if-someone-pressuring-you https://www.rainn.org/articles/help-parents-children-who-have-been-sexually-abused-family-members  

Foster Care Population Climbs Sharply

Foster Care Population Climbs Sharply as Parental Substance Abuse Increases http://www.forsythnews.com/section/1/article/31612/  

New Legislation To Help Address Mental Health Issues

David Weiner, interim chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, noted that Duke is one of the top programs in the country for mental health research. http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2016/12/new-legislation-to-help-address-mental-health-issues

Throw Back Thursday *Let’s Rock Steady*

My heart overflows with joy for the kind words and comments on my photos. I have a long  way to improve my skills, it’s a hobby. Some days my hands shaking which make writing impossible. I have more photos of Australia, Tokyo, Russia, Yosemite National Park and under water wreck diving. The deep dives are dark and less colorful, the scenery  is the nooks … Read More Throw Back Thursday *Let’s Rock Steady*

Survivors Blog Here Celebrates Second Anniversary

A Mother’s Guilt

      Daughter My Birthday wish for You I hope that every candle brings a new wish. I hope the Smile that lights your face stays there all year-long. I hope everything  you’ve dreamed it will come true. I hope you know how much I love You and how proud I am of you. Happy Birthday With So Much Love. Card from my … Read More A Mother’s Guilt

Child Marriages, life of beatings and Sexual Assault by husband

  When I was 14 years old, I was kidnapped for a marriage to a much older man, as depicted in the film Difret. On the day I was abducted, I was raped by my would be “husband.” I knew I had to fight back and escape the first chance I got. I was taken to a hut and locked up. When I received … Read More Child Marriages, life of beatings and Sexual Assault by husband

Throw Back Thursday *Words To Live By*

I met with the Lyme Doctor on Monday, arriving home yesterday emotionally and physically drained. I knew music would lift my spirit. The videos are special to me for the message. I’m blessed even when it sounds differently. Thank you for bringing sunshine with your comments.               RIP Merle Haggard.    Xx  M

You Should See Her Fly

How does Domestic Violence turn to Murder/Suicide

  Last week a murder-suicide happened in my neighborhood. I was very ill and on pain meds, my husband shielded me from conversations with Police and the family. I felt a pain of my father’s suicide but quickly focused on the kids in our house.   My husband came upstairs saying two kids are downstairs, they think the father killed their mother. I went … Read More How does Domestic Violence turn to Murder/Suicide

Support The PAWS ACT: *Many Domestic violence victims are staying for fear of loosing their pet*

Change.org   Melinda There’s a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it. Many domestic violence victims report staying in abusive and dangerous relationships out of fear of leaving their beloved pets behind. Their abusers often threaten to harm, maim, or even kill their pets if they attempt to leave. Studies have shown this is the … Read More Support The PAWS ACT: *Many Domestic violence victims are staying for fear of loosing their pet*

Joyful Heart’s Male Survivor PSA Series

NO MORE Excuses: The Male Survivors Series We recognize that male survivors are met with persistent and harmful responses: That sexual abuse can’t happen to guys. That they just need to get over it. That guys wouldn’t “let” that happen to them. In 2016, Joyful Heart partnered with Viacom and 1in6, a leading organization that provides support and information to adult male survivors of childhood … Read More Joyful Heart’s Male Survivor PSA Series

New Resources for Hispanic Women

Para obtener información sobre la Sala de Ayuda en espanol, haga clic aquí.  Xx  M Dear Friend, Today I’m proud to announce a new and very critical service for Spanish-speaking survivors: a confidential peer-support chatroom. La Sala de Ayuda (Helproom) is now open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 to 9 pm ET. This service provides the kind of help that can make such a … Read More New Resources for Hispanic Women

Reckless, When I didn’t deserve it *God held my hand*

  The honest lyrics describe me, no others words needed. God had his hand on me. Tomorrow I’ll believe. Having a bad ME day. Sending love to you this weekend.  Xx  M

D I V O R C E

Original post 5/2014 It was a normal Sunday like any other. I’m 6 and my brother was 3 1/2 years old, my mother was taking us to the lake. We never went to the lake, I began to get excited about playing in the water. I also grew concerned, what did she have on her mind. Even at 6 years old I knew she … Read More D I V O R C E

Help me if you can, I’m feeling down *Do You Like New Theme?*

I continue to search for the perfect Theme. One that reflects me and the Advocacy work I support.  I feel this is to busy with the the three column layout and may be difficult to navigate. Please give me feedback. I’m leaning towards the old theme or a new one. Help! BACK TO PREVIOS THEME OR THIS THEME?   ANY IDEAS?

Change.org Victoires Change Lives Around The World *Here are 2015 Hightlights*

Change.org Melinda – Happy New Year! As we ready ourselves for the year ahead, we’re taking stock of all that you changed in 2015. More than 22.8 million of you were a part of the more than 4,500 victories that enacted new laws, overturned unjust convictions, and made life better for people around the world. This video shows just a handful of the amazing … Read More Change.org Victoires Change Lives Around The World *Here are 2015 Hightlights*

My Husband Threw Acid In My Face

NEW CHANGE.ORG PETITION READING MADE ME WANT TO WORK HARDER ON WOMENS RIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD. After having lived for seven years with an abusive husband, I decided it was time to leave. I didn’t think I would survive another year if I stayed, so in 2011, I walked out the door and broke the crippling silence and isolation the abuse had made me … Read More My Husband Threw Acid In My Face