When I first started thinking about what I would like to say or discuss for the month of domestic violence awareness, I didn’t have to think too hard because I was a victim of domestic violence myself. Not once, not twice, but three different times in my life. At different stages of my life I experienced different types of domestic violence, including mental, physical, and sexual abuse. Now my story may have different details of how and when things happened compared to other victims’ stories, but I have survived and continue to thrive. I wanted to shed some light on domestic violence because this is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.
I’ve linked a YouTube video of one of my favorite actors who’s also a supporter and activist for victims of domestic violence- Sir Patrick Stewart. Some of you may know him as Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek, a show I grew up watching. In some of his most recent work you may know him as Professor X or Charles Xavier from the Marvel Series X-Men. I know you may be wondering why does it matter he’s a celebrity… OK. It matters to me because (1) he’s recognizable to many generations, and (2) he speaks as a victim.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Domestic violence does not care how much money you have, how many children you have, how fancy your house is, or if you go to the best or the worst school in the state. Domestic violence does not care! In this video, he not only tells his story but also speaks from different perspectives. He speaks from the heart and I love how real he is. I hope this gives someone hope and the courage to reach out for help.
Shine a light on this issue. Let’s put a stop to domestic violence.