Day 30: Strength of a Survivor: Beth’s Story

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Anyone could potentially fall victim to domestic violence. Domestic violence does not discriminate against men, women, or children. The question we need to ask ourselves, is what are WE doing to address this problem? It’s been happening in homes for decades – we are missing a big piece of the solution. We need to break the silence, we need to speak out and get help.

What is your personal experience with gender-based violence (this may include domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, etc)?
I have personal experience with domestic violence in my own home. I was verbally, emotional, psychological, and physically abused. A dear friend, was murdered weeks after I left my abuser, she unfortunately didn’t leave her abuser. She was a mother of three and an amazing person.
What advice would you give other survivors who have experienced similar situations as you?
Stay strong, no matter how you feel like your falling apart on the inside. It’s a long journey to heal from what you experienced. Always reach out to someone, find people who have been through it and can understand the pain you have experienced. Never give up on yourself, you have been through hell and it didn’t kill you. You are stronger than you know.
Why do you feel it is important to empower women?
Women have always been a second or third thought in society. We are people who feel just the way anyone else does. I don’t want my nieces to go through the battle I went through. We are amazingly fierce sex who can sympathize with each other. Women need to know they have a voice and they can use it. We aren’t just something for a man to use. I never want a woman to feel the lows i felt, I am a woman, survivor, friend, aunt, cousin, daughter. I want women to know that they can do anything, no matter what society says or does.
Why do you support Break the Silence against Domestic Violence?
Break the Silence found me one sleepless night when I didn’t know if I should live or die. I wanted to die that night. I had been drinking and replaying the night i almost died. The news of a friend being murdered from domestic violence was told to me earlier in the day. I was desperate looking for any reason I should be alive. I found break the silence, a family of survivors who welcomed me with open arms. They listened to me, hugged me and made me feel like i wasn’t alone and I deserved to be alive. Break The Silence is the reason I am here today. I read Kristen’s story and realized if she made it through so will I. Since that sleepless night I have grown and healed and when I feel my worst I turn to Break The Silence. My sister survivors are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Break The Silence saved my life and I want to give back and help save others. Thank You Break The Silence!

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