We need to face the truth about domestic violence..
When something seems so tragically wrong, so awful, so traumatic what we want to do is hide it. We want it not to be true. Or we try to make excuses, find reasons, to make sense of why it happened. And every day domestic violence is a tragic reality. Whatever the tragedy is, we want to believe we can reason it away but these untruths need to be faced. The myths need to be dispelled because there’s no reasoning away domestic violence. We need to face the awful reality that some men hurt, abuse, violate & even kill their partners. They need to be stopped. To help it to stop we need to face the truth & dispel the myths.
We Christians need to face the truth that domestic violence happens in church communities too. And as we face this truth we will see domestic violence brought into the light. We will see shame & fear extinguished from the lives of sufferers in our homes. Men & women are equally valued by God therefore neither should live in fear of the other & neither has the right to power & control over the other.
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We need to face the truth that domestic violence happens in Muslim communities too. And as we face this truth we will see an end to culture & religion being used as an excuse to justify forms of honour related violence against Muslim women. Culture or religion do not cause abuse, abuse is a choice made by the abuser.
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When you face the truth about a tragedy you are set free from the fear and shame it brings. When we as Christians & Muslims face the truth about domestic violence we will be set free of fear & shame. Not only that, when we start to speak the truth about domestic violence, we will also see healthy marriages & families in our communities. We need to face the truth & be set free.