Today I'm happy to share a guest post by Emi Mead, in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN
For most of us silence conjures peaceful, quiet moments. Perhaps when we think of silence, we think of it as a quiet corner of our world when we can sit on a beach and enjoy watching the spectacular pink and orange hues of a sunset as it paints its colors across the water and then dips past the edge of the horizon into the sea.
Silence is softly tiptoeing into a sleeping child’s room to watch the wonder of that child as it slumbers peacefully, with breaths quietly and slowly measured in and out, in and out.
Silence is watching snow falling, grateful to be inside a warm place with a good book and a hot cup of coffee, while looking out to see the snow as it covers everything in sight with a fresh, white blanket.
But silence is not always golden. Silence also hides secrets. Secrets that are too embarrassing to be told. Secrets that are too dangerous to be told. Victims of domestic violence know of this silence all too well. For some, silence is the only way they know to be able to stay alive.
In years past, speaking out against violence toward another family member’s or neighbor’s life was taboo. Just mind your own business, we were told. Don’t stick your nose where it doesn’t belong. It’s between them. Just be quiet. Just be silent.
Thank goodness, much of that has changed. A victim doesn’t have to suffer in silence any longer although many of them still do. Threats of even more abuse are made to silence the victim if she dares to tell anyone.
Today, if we suspect someone we know is being abused, we need to let them know that there is help out there for them. They are not alone. We need to let them know they can safely talk to someone.
We need to give them the opportunity to break that silence.
Thanks for sharing, Emi!