Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Her Place in the World (Day 293)

She is small, 
barely tall enough 
to reach 
the first swinging hoop 
from the little metal platform 
welded onto the jungle gym. 
So, when the big 
blond-haired boy 
with the raspy voice 
taunted her, 
she froze. 

And when he shoved her 
out of line and 
she landed hard 
on the concrete, 
she remained silent, 
and the other children 
did nothing, 
their eyes averted 
in fear and shame 
and the mild disgust 
the world feels for victims. 

Later, she recounted the story 
while her mother and 
grandmother cooked dinner. 
When she showed them 
her scraped elbow, 
her mother said: 
"What did you do 
to make him shove you?" 
Her grandmother added: 
"He sounds like 
a very sad little boy. 
You should pray for him." 

That day she learned 
about her place 
in the world, 
about what she could 
expect, and what she 
should tolerate. 

So, when her husband 
screamed at her for buying 
creamy peanut butter 
instead of crunchy, 
she found herself 
thinking how sorry 
he must be, and that
she needed to pray 
for him.

Intimate-partner violence (IPV), or domestic violence (DV), affects all of us in some way. 

For example: mass shootings significantly impacted children: 25 percent of mass shooting fatalities (211) were children. This is primarily driven by mass shootings related to domestic or family violence, in which over 40 percent of fatalities were children. (EverytownResearch.org)

 For a wealth of information about IPV/DV, or to seek *confidential* help, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website, or call the Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

(c) 2017, by Hannah Six

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