Saturday, November 17, 2007

Please share your story

This blog is intended to give people who have experienced spousal abuse (either as a spouse or a child of an abused parent) an opportunity to share their story with the rest of the world. People are often afraid to speak up for all sorts of reasons:

Because they fear that they are an abnormality.
Because they feel that speaking negatively about the frum community is inappropriate.
Because they are afraid of negative repercussions.
Because they are afraid no one will believe them.

But if people don't speak up, then these mistaken ideas are just further perpetuated. It sadly isn't abnormal that spousal abuse occurs. It isn't inappropriate to do something to stop a criminal from destroying other peoples lives.

The perpetrators of these crimes depend on their victims keeping silent. They know that the fear of speaking up in the frum community is their strongest ally. As long as people don't speak about it, no one would believe them capable of committing such atrocities. It's what they depend on to maintain control of their victims.

The community needs to be woken up to what's going on. Please share your story so this scourge can be exposed. There is no need to fear anything by sharing your story here. The post will be totally anonymous. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Send your story to bayischerpah (at) gmail dot com.