I hope many of you were tuned in last night to 20/20 on ABC to watch and listen to Rihanna finally speak out honestly about her event of intimate partner violence from world famous Chris Brown.
I experienced several intense emotions as I watched her interview with Diane Sawyer.
I was sickened, as I always am, when I hear the details of what happens to our sisters of all ages at the hands of abusive partners, details so familiar to me from my own past.
I was thrilled for a celebrity of her world magnitude to tell the ugly truth with a world audience in attendance.
I was angry and frustrated that without her celebrity status, she would be unheard, “just another victim,” like the rest of us who have also been victims, but whose experiences have not deemed newsworthy. Her trauma would go unnoticed, unattended by public compassion and awareness, still isolated in her trauma, pain and shame.
Please watch this online if you did not see it last night. If you have been – or are currently – a victim of abuse, you may find it comforting and encouraging that someone who can get into the world headlines has spoken out at this level. If you are not a victim, you will hear truthful information about what abuse looks like, and how it can seem to sneak up out of nowhere.
I hope you will join me on the free call , ” Safe and Sane,” that I am going to host on Dec. 1 when I will give you more specific information on how to recognize the red flags of an abusive relationship, and how you can help yourself make safe, informed choices. Go to http://www.nextboldstep.com for more info and to sign up.
Thank you to those who have sent me responses to my last blog, and please stay in touch!
We all deserve to be safe and sane in our relationships!
Love , Kathryn