Assault is not your fault

Sexual assault, rape, molestation, unwanted fondling, unwanted attention, stalking, sexual harassment, battering, emotional abuse, domestic violence…. NONE of it is your fault.

Decide to find a trusted soul who can supportively listen as you talk about what happened, share your feelings and begin to release some of the shame, self-blame and pain. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to cause yourself to be hurt. It is not your fault.

National Domestic Violence Hotline:http://www.thehotline.org/. 1.800.799.SAFE(7233)

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence: http://www.wrcdv.org/. 404.688.9436

National Sexual Assault Hotline: https://rainn.org/get-help/national-sexual-assault-hotline. 1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

National Child Sexual Abuse Helpline: http://www.d2l.org/site/. 1-866-FOR-LIGHT (866-367-5444)

National Association of Working Women: http://9to5.org/home/. 1.800.522.0925

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov/. 1.800.669.4000

You can be okay again. You are not alone.

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Living with domestic violence

There is a saying that goes, do not allow yourself to be led away from the truth by what you would like to believe.

Domestic violence can be particularly difficult to come to terms with because of the complexity of emotions, values and hopes involved. Letting go of the hope that everything will be okay happens over a period of time, rather than in a day or a single moment. Some women leave and go back several times. If that describes you – never give up on yourself. You deserve a relationship free from physical and emotional violence. If that describes someone you know – never give up on her or assume “she likes it.” All people want and deserve to be happy and free from suffering.

Check back tomorrow for some of the warning signs of domestic violence