Today I sat with Grace, a survivor and victor. After years of abuse at the hands of her father, Grace struggled with homelessness, self-worth, and forgiveness before she was empowered to be the woman she was meant to be. She is an inspiration to so many with her cheerfulness and positive outlook.
Unless you personally experience something, it is very difficult to fundamentally understand it. When I heard domestic violence referred to as an act of terrorism, it hit home. I had never had the words to put to what I went through and the damage it ultimately caused to me; my person, my well-being, my emotional state, and my relationships. The person I had once been had been destroyed.
Ms. Angine Moss is an entrepreneur. She is the founder and president of Hosanna4Youth, a 501(C)3 organization dedicated to serving the needs of youth who are considered at-risk within our communities. EXPOSE The Conversation, a Hosanna program, focuses on bringing awareness and prevention to incest, molestation and rape within families, was born as a result of her own personal experience. Angine believes that if we can help an individual, we can reunite a family and change the dynamics of what we call community.
Courageous Conversations is a round-table approach to having those difficult conversations. Dr. Katharine Campbell, Dr. Laura Finley, Kris Drum (Owner of A Healing Space), and I (Amy Daumit, your host) sat down to discuss how violence in the media influences a culture of abuse and violence against women.
Our conversation began with a focus on the media but quickly took us down a path of how society perceives violence, how gender roles affect our outlook and healing, and how we can change the cultural perspective on violence against individuals and groups. It is apparent to all of us how this issue of violence is far-reaching and broader than we often give it credit for.
Take Away: Violence against women is violence against everyone.
Today I sat down with Survivor Rosie for Part 2 and, wow, was it powerful! Rosie reminded us that the cycle of abuse never ends when you are forced to have contact with your abuser. From court hearings to child swap, manipulation and threats are a constant part of her life now. She reminds us that we should never judge a book by its cover and to always be aware of the struggles others might be facing.
Rosie survived years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She shares with us her experiences in childhood and how even when we think we do everything right, in choosing a mate, or how strong we believe we are as an individual, we can miss critical signs and find ourselves in a very difficult and dangerous situation. Her’s is a story of strength and healing you won’t want to miss.
Kevin is a seasoned missionary having assisted ministries in over 30 countries, including Pichilemu, Chile where he met his wife Claudia. During his travels throughout Latin America Kevin came in contact with various anti-trafficking ministries through which God captured both Claudia and his hearts with the desperate need of those suffering as modern slaves.
Dr. Katharine Campbell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She holds a PhD in Public Affairs with a Social Work emphasis. This PhD was a unique and multifaceted degree combining Social Work, Health, Public Administration and Criminal Justice together to create the one degree. Dr. Campbell works with survivors of domestic violence, and the LGBT and Transgender Community. She brought a wealth of information and understanding to the conversation, covering a variety of topics.
My conversation with Sean was absolutely phenomenal. Sean is a survivor of child abuse, rape, and a witness to the abuse of his mother at the hands of his father. Our stories may differ, but the commonalities of healing are all too similar. We spoke of trauma, guilt, shame, and healing. But most importantly, we spoke of hope. Tune into Sean’s story and prepared to be moved.
5 years ago I started a blog. It was called Forget Me Not – learning to live with me and for me. It was, in many ways, where I first started to heal.
My intention for these Micro-Monologues is to give you insight into where I have come from and why I share my story. I am the story behind Forget Me Not (the memoir, the advocacy group, and the podcast).