I AM a Fighter

October 17, 2019
I AM a Fighter

I was your first born. I was your baby. The apple of your eye. 

When it was safe, I was funny, vivacious, happy. 

When it wasn’t, I was in a battlefield. I tried to be the buffer. 

I was blasted with your words and anger aimed at my mother,

And then at me. 

I was scared 

Of you,

My father.

 

I was too young to try to save my mother

But I did every time you waged war on her. 

I was crumpled, I was meek, I was broken

By you,

My father. 

 

Today, I am none of those things. 

I am a grown woman, proud, and outspoken.

Maybe a little bit scarred, but no longer broken.

Today, I am strong, I am resilient. 

Today, I am your biggest enemy

Because I stand up to you,

Because I broke the cycle

That was continued by you,

My father.

 

I am Angry, I am justified, I am a fighter.

And I will fight for what I know is right.

I will fight even you,

My father.

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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