October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence.
If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 1-866-331-9474 to speak with someone. #domesticviolenceawareness#domesticviolence#takeastand#speakout#enddomesticviolence
He went through a phase of heavier drinking and didn’t want to drink alone. So he’d make me strong drinks and then whine if I didn’t drink them. If I put it to my mouth to take a sip he’d push up the end so I took big gulps instead. #domesticviolence#alcoholism
This is me. These pictures were taken this summer, in July. You see, there is a reason I have been somewhat absent here on social media these past few months….. -
Without going into it too much, let’s just say something bad happened to me back in July...I was hit in the face, as you can see. And not by accident. By a family member I cared about.
20 stitches, lots of blood, a black eye & lots of tears. After this incident, I did not want to show my face. 🤕
I didn’t want to do my usual live videos or fun pictures about how much I love essential oils.
I didn’t want to put myself out there anymore, like I have been for the past 3 years.
I didn’t have it in me to respond or check in with my doTERRA friends, customers, + family....I just wanted to crawl into a hole. The emotional wounds were far worse than the physical ones. -
I recently realized that pulling away was the last thing I should do….. -
It took me away from something that makes me REALLY happy ~ sharing my love + knowledge of essential oils, helping other people learn about + experience EOs + what a healthier lifestyle feels like, and mostly my doTERRA family - my friends in this business + our oily community. 💜
I missed the fulfillment & crazy self-growth + development that comes as a “side-benefit” of this lifestyle! 💙 #grateful
I’m here to say that I am BACK! 😀 I have finally found my way out of the darkness I’ve been stuck in for what feels like forever…..My oils brought me back. 🙌
*Side note to the visible testimony to how effective essential oils are 👇👇👇
The 1st picture is right after it happened & the last ones are less than 2 weeks after! 🤩 -
This happened while I was traveling, so had to work with what I had with me: Lavender 💧
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) 💧
+ Vitamin E oil for first 6 days until I got home. -
Since then I have been using:
+ Vitamin E oil on the area 2x a day
🧘 For my emotional healing:
Forgive blend 🙏💧
Console blend 💜💧
Wild Orange 🍊💧
Life is hard. Really hard! But the universe has more in store for you.
Our stories do not define us, but they do matter. Be strong, use your story to break the silence. The world is changing at a rapid speed and personal stories are open to be heard now more than ever before. Let’s continue to push through and break the stigma and shame that comes with our stories of victim hood. We are survivors! 💜💜💜
A 10/11 years old girl, who allegedly works Major Ammara Riaz and her husband Doctor Mohsin Riaz, was recently photographed injured to a heartbreaking extent. News surfaced that they have been starving her and subjecting her to physical violence for about two years!! YES YOU PEOPLE ARE LISTENING THE TRUTH! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? She is apparently beaten with belts, wires and ropes. Moreover, the woman allegedly stands on her chest and kicks her repeatedly if she sleeps! THEY STARVE HER AND WHEN SHE TAKES A STUPID BISCUIT THEY BEAT HER. There's a clot in her eyes because she was beaten with a bat. She can't move her shoulders properly and her arms are stiff because she says it hurts to move.
On Wednesday the girl got lucky when she found the doors unlocked and escaped the very moment and went to a house in the neighbourhood and told them what she has been through. Since then the girl has been taken from that couple and kept safe. That evening everyone in the neighbourhood talked to the couple to call the parents of the girl so that she can be handed over to the parents but they've been delaying it and asking to return the girl to them, but nothing of that sort was obviously going to happen. They were given the time till today to bring the parents so that they can be informed what has been happening to their daughter. So this morning the couple is claiming that the parents refuse to come. The couple who have been doing this horrible things are continuously denying of everything they've done to the girl.
Torturing/ Physically abusing one's domestic staff is an important issue which still has not been 'properly ' addressed by our administrating bodies. There is a dire need to curb this menace and it's very vital to ensure that the culprits get the due punishment.
My heart goes out to this poor girl! It's hard to believe thay even people who are army officers and doctors are doing such vile acts which are absolute disgrace to humanity! HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION ALERT. CHILD ABUSE,CHILD LABOUR ALERT, SLAVERY ALERT. How many alerts in this. I as a common man alarmed. This incident is traumatizing and miserable. Let me know what you think about this?
Human trafficking is destroying lives. People like you and I are bought and sold as commodities—in this city and in this nation.
I'm remided of Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
No one should be enslaved in this world, because Christ has already set us free. Freedom will have the final word; with each step, we will abolish slavery.
In Life, the vast majority of people can relate to this story. We live fabricated lives because we fear that we won't be accepted for who we truly are. This right here, at this moment was me. My mom dropped out of High school at 15 years old when she got pregnant with her firstborn and then had 4 more down the line. I became a magnet for education because I loved to learn but as I turned 15, I got involved in a #domesticviolence relationship and all it took was for my abuser to hit me once in the high school that I thought was my safe haven and I could not see myself returning back to face the humiliation and interrogation, so I made the decision to drop out of High School and was then sent away to my Cousin where I was homeschooled. I did not feel content after I received my diploma, I lacked the fundamental principles of math the same way @kevinhart4real did in #nightschool. Once we fear something, we stay away from it not realizing that they always come back to haunt you. I now have 3 kids of my own and they themselves needed help with homework and I would google the problem so I knew then, that I needed to further my education and fill the gap from being homeschooled but the fear of having to take a placement test was devastating, therefore, college was pushed off for 12 years. I would reapply, pay the fees and never schedule the placement test until June 2017. @claytonstateuniv required a score of 32 for accepted entrance and I missed it by 1 point. I retook the test in July and scored a 78 and embarked upon my journey to a new life in Fall of 2017. I would stare at a problem so hard in College Algebra because I was unsure of formulas. My classmates would laugh when I asked a question they thought I should've known but then I took advantage of the resources on campus and all it took was 1 person @sophisticatedflaws the way @tiffanyhaddish did, to believe in me and took me from an F to a C and and now an A in Trigonometry. #believeinyourself because we don't always get it right the first time. #youcandoit
The #metoo movement and recent news stories brings attention to the dangers that far too many women experience during their lives- whether in a committed relationship, casual acquaintances as well as strangers at parties or events. A huge part of college, of course, is meeting new people and having new experiences. Learn more about how to create a safety plan #ontheblog.
#facetofacefriday I've contemplated whether or not to share this so many times. I'm literally shaking as I type this out because I'm so nervous.😥 Sit back, this is going to be a long one....
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. So as hard as it is for me to put my story out there, I feel obligated to use my platform to spread awareness.📣
It started small. The occasional name here & there. The saying one thing then doing another, & being made to feel crazy when I spoke up about it. It was jealousy of me having a social life, while they said I was boring or overreacting when they did whatever, whenever, with whoever. It was being told my family & friends were horrible people who shouldn't be in our lives, while they always had their family close by, even living with us at times. It was telling me I wasn't allowed to have certain jobs or go certain places because I would "go pick up other men". It was my property being broken while they were upset. It was taking their paychecks to use for themselves, after I had already used mine to cover our bills. It was using silent treatment, deflection, and a whole lot of hurtful names to get what they wanted. It was ALWAYS apologizing the day after with some flowers and/or a card. It was being told that they were so sorry and things would change... just for it to continue on.
There were plenty of red flags long before the first shove, but I was young.
Plenty of signs before the first choke, but I was uneducated.
Plenty of warnings before the first punch, but I was blinded by love.
I am blessed that a car full of strangers happened to be driving by at the right time and pulled him off of me. I am blessed that I walked away with only some bruises and a couple broken teeth. I am blessed that there was funding out there to cover the ambulance ride, hospital, and dental bills. I am blessed that there were volunteers to educate me on the cycle of abuse. I am blessed that I had family to support me, take care of my son, & pick me up from the hospital. I am so blessed I made it out of that relationship & am blessed happy today..... CONTINUED....⬇️⬇️⬇️
Sharing a very small part of something very important to me... @awarecauses - A Way To Act And Remember Every Day #awarecauses#awarecausesnecklace#domesticviolence •
Recovering from the emotional side was much harder than the physical. The scars I have make me who I am today. I am still working on mental strength daily, especially with relationships, but that is ok. Your greatest weapon is self belief. You got this. Allowing myself to be not ok and act upon that saved me along with so much needed support from my family and friends 💜helping me in realising i had done nothing wrong. domestic violence effects 1/5 people and this can come in so many forms. Be #aware. Be a survivor. I suffered for 3 years, but I have met both men and women whom have suffered for many more years. Don’t ignore the pain. Fight for your freedom. Modelling was something I turned to due to low confidence and being mentally broken about my appearance due to one individual, I believed if I got paid to take my clothes of I can’t be that bad... I can now happily say I do modelling for fun and expressing myself and not for acceptance along side my full time job which I adore. *The death of us gave me life*
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How many of us have heard these sentences? I heard this constantly every single time I tried to speak up. Words hurt when they are used as weapons. These words were used to make me doubt myself. To shut me up. To make me feel like my thoughts, feelings and needs don't matter. Worse, even was how I felt was wrong. Even though every fiber of my being was screaming that he was wrong. He was able to slowly erode away all of who I was. Until I felt like I was worth nothing. Words hurt. Getting away from my ex-husband was the best thing I ever did for myself and my children. I have built myself back up stronger than I ever was. I built myself and I will never allow anyone to tear me down again. That includes myself. The first step is to not internalize the bs that the abuser in your life says to you. Look at the source. Refuse to give your power away. It starts with inside yourself.