“LOVE SHOULD NOT HURT. If you are a victim of relationship abuse, know two things: It is not your fault. And there are people who want to help you.”

December 8, 2011 is the Seventh Annual It’s Time To Talk Day, a day that is dedicated to just this one goal: to start and continue conversations about relationship abuse, domestic violence, and emotional abuse, to join together in making an effort to raise awareness and reverse the humbling statistics:
• 1 in 3 women will be in an abusive relationship in her lifetime.
• On average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States.
• Teenage girls are reporting dating abuse at rates higher than women, which makes them the most at-risk group for abuse in America.
• One in five tweens—ages 11 to 14—say their friends are victims of emotional, physical or verbal dating violence.

I am joining bloggers all over the country in helping to raise awareness and let women know they are not alone, not crazy and there is help. Check out Stacy Morrison’s blog here.

Abuse is a systematic take down of a woman’s self esteem. You need to know that you can get help from people who care.

I wrote a bit about the abuse I endured as a child and young woman in my book Pleasure Thresholds. I have met women all over the world who are currently in abusive relationships and do not seek the help they need because they cannot see it. If you know a woman in an emotional , physical or sexually abusive relationship, guide her to one of these sites. Talk to her. Stacy Morrison has some helpful conversation points on her blog, link above. There are also other links to more information.
You could help someone by sharing this information! Thank you!

*Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224