Whole Woman: What is broken can be made whole again

If you’ve ever asked the question “why doesn’t she just leave”, then hopefully my story will help you gain some insight into this complex realities of gender based violence.

It has taken decades to build up the courage to tell the whole truth of my story. No one wants to look at the common horror of abuse because it involves an enmeshment of relationships.

The men that should protect us are the ones that hurt us.

Dismantling of stifling patriarchy is not “a women’s job” – it requires bravery on all fronts.

We also need to change the narrative of the ‘victim’. There is already a shroud of blame, shame and perceived weakness. But there is so much more to the story.

What if we started treating victims of gender based violence the way that we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes?

There is life beyond victim hood – and we all have a responsibility to help women (our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and colleagues) along their path to wholeness.

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