You Shall Know The truth And The Truth Shall Set You free.
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH
Rev. Dorrette St John
As we go this month of October lets pray for those young and old who have been and still going thru Domestic Violence. Let’s educate our Girls and Boys that it is not ok. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Oh baby you are so sweet
You are just what I need in my life
I love you
The compliments stop verbal assaults and criticism starts and let’s not forget taking credit for everything around you that look good, taste good and smell good
The first shove or slap: Followed by the persuasive and sorrowful apology and: I, I love you…….
We hide: Fear, Humiliation, and Confusion
We hold on because we believe: He is full of remorse; He is not like what they say. When he is not mad he is a good man. The kids need him (even though all they see is anger) we make excuses, till we believed them. We cover up the pain and even take the blame we reject family and friends; we don’t want any one in our business.
Feeling trapped: we approach and confide in an elder, friend or family hoping for some support and encouragement,
However: Most often we feel more trapped than before, they make us feel the abuse was due to our own lack of submissiveness, and sinfulness Feeling lost…….
One day! We will get tired and find a friend named Grace! (The Grace of God) and pour our heart out; and suddenly will feel comfort. Listen to the quiet still voice start searching at scriptures Replace, us, you, thee, thine and thou, with your name and make them come alive within you. I realized!, Mothers, fathers’ Grandmothers and all care givers. Most abuse starts from home, abusers see it and experience it there first. Where there is no true spiritual guidance, respect and love stubbornness, and rebelliousness takes over Mothers -teach your daughters about respect so when they meet their boo’s they won’t accept their blows, when you daughters see you being abused they will accept it as being normal. Fathers -show respect and self-control and tell your sons that is part of being a man. Brothers and sisters let‘s be accountable for each other. In our communities, abuse incidents have been increasing as well as those who cover it up; and unfortunately we have been conditioned to turn to authorities (The World) for help,
Helping communities are the responsibilities of the church. It time to step forward and take on our responsibility by force. Recognize that domestic violence is a sin and we must become proactive in all aspects, including substance abuse which often times lead to domestic violence.
1Jo 3:18 My little children, do not let our love be in word and in tongue, but let it be in act and in good faith.
Speak wisely and listen. Be careful not to chastise, you are dealing with broken spirits and do not put our own agenda in.
Col 4:6 Let your talk be with grace, mixed with salt, so that you may be able to give an answer to everyone.
Recognize your purpose while you help
Peace each time one person suffers, we all hurt Any act that causes hurt does not reflect love.
Rev. Dorrette St John
According to former
Attorney General Janet Reno,
American women live in fear of the very people upon whom they depend
for love and affection. Instead of providing refuge, the walls of
many homes serve as prison bars.”
Physical battering: The abuser’s
attacks or aggressive behavior can range from bruising to murder. It
often begins with what is excused as trivial contacts which escalate
into more frequent and serious attacks (this can include the abuse
of household pets).
SOME FACTS ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE
****The U.S. Department of Justice
indicates that women are twice as likely to be murdered by their
domestic partners as men
AN ACT OF DOMESTIC ABUSE OCCURS EVERY 12 SECONDS IN THE U.S.
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