I was in the women's locker room at my gym this past Saturday talking to a friend about my book. I was describing the storyline, a domestic violence homicide, when something interesting happened. Several other women in the locker room started listening and actually came over to hear what we were talking about. As my friend and I chatted they started sharing their own experiences. It was completely organic and unscripted. I was floored that these women, who were strangers to me, were so willing to discuss such a personal part of their life with me. There is something therapeutic about disclosure. It truly is a part of the healing process. Some of the women were able to speak candidly as the abuse occurred decades ago while others still had raw, fresh emotions. Wherever they were in their lives, there seemed to be a common bond that created a small community right there in the locker room. It became a safe place fueled by strength as they were able to break free from their abusers and are now living fulfilling lives filled with peace instead of violence. So I leave you with this- forgiveness is bliss so forgive yourself first. This experience does not make you you a bad person nor does it define you. You got out because you are courageous. Remember, God does not make mistakes. You are beautiful through and through. So let that light shine for someone who is truly deserving of your love and who recognizes what a treasure you are. Teach your sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors what self-worth really is so that we can break this cycle of violence and everyone regardless of space or place can be safe in their homes.
L.J. Follow me on Twitter: @CrimeDoc1213
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