Destruction From a Mans Hand
September 13, 2019
Hosted by Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Domestic Violence. One of the same. Two survivors share their experiences of IPV. IPV: Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, as well as sexual coercion and stalking by a current or former intimate partner. An intimate partner is a person with whom you have or had a close personal or sexual relationship. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. Nearly, 15% of women have been injured as a result of IPV that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. About 35% of women who were raped as minors also were raped as adults compared to 14% of women without an early rape history. Internationally, Syria is the worst country for violence against women. Rape and torture in secret prisons, malnutrition, and gender-based violence is an everyday reality.
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We give a voice to the voiceless, to those who can't or won't speak out for themselves. We speak up for the rights of all those who are poor and needy. These include people who are and have been sexually abused, who are and have been physically abused, who are suffering with addictions, who are in unhealthy relationships, who are bullied and are the bullies, who are suffering from mental illness, who are deemed by society as unloveable and who feel hopeless. Our social services are overworked and understaffed, so when people are being abused or are in difficult life situations, many times they feel they are not heard. Our program provides a platform for their voices, suggestions for the situations and hope for tomorrow. Often times a person just needs someone to listen. With the right understanding and by opening up to someone who has similar life experiences, one can see there is hope. Life doesn't have to end. You can embrace and trust someone one small step at a time.
Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
Myrna Thatcher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been in private practice for 23 years. Seventeen of those years she has partnered with Annette Smith who is Certified in Adlerian Psychology and is a Lay Christian Advisor. Annette's life experiences intertwined with Myrna's professional training create a unique healing experience for clients. Together they authored a book which details Annette's horrendous childhood and the long journey of how God turned her curse into a blessing. When you walk alongside sexually abused children who crawl in your lap, cry and tell you their stories, or you have an adult sit in your office, look in your face, call you a friend, then walk out and shoot himself, it gives you enough experience to know what you are looking at. We have had years of practice of talking to people who are so low, broken and hopeless, that we have to literally reach down and pull them from death's door. Sometimes you take off your professional mask and cry with the client, letting them know you are a human being who cares. The reason we are doing this show is to let everyone know that someone cares. There is a lifeline who they can call. Grab us. We'll listen. We'll talk with you and give you the hope you need. Some of these words are also coming from a person who tried to commit suicide three times, who was on her last hope and also had to reach out and finally found someone who would reach back. We have a Mighty God who will speak the words through us.