Thursday, September 25, 2008

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide

Today is the Million Voices Campaign’s National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide. This campaign in conjunction with the National Domestic Violence Hotline penned the motto, ‘Giving America a Million Reasons To End Domestic Violence’. The organization consists of a group of people and organizations in America (such as the Lifetime Network) willing to educate, inform, and raise awareness about the problem of domestic violence while extending sources of help. The goal is to reach a member base of one million. Joining is easy and even better, it’s free. If you are interested in joining, please click on the National Domestic Violence Hotline link to the left or click on the link at the end of this article. Remember, there is more strength in numbers.

This day is a personal day of remembrance for me. I became a Ward of the Court when my father killed my mother after almost two decades of abuse. It was a Friday night, a couple of minutes after 9pm on November 22nd, 1991. It still feels like it happened last night. A couple of days before, my father brought a new gun into the home and placed an innumerable amount of bullets in a can next to it on the top shelf of our coat closet. He showed me where he placed it and told me, a young teenager, that if any of my mother’s friends came over to the house, to use it on them. I immediately warned my mother and she said and I quote, “He’s not going to do anything with that,” end quote.

Many women and men and now teens, do not believe that the person that they love and who originally professed to love them would ever take their life. Well the reality is a scary one people – ONCE ANYONE PUTS THEIR HAND ON YOU TO HURT YOU, THE POTENTIAL TO KILL YOU IS THERE. This is the red flag to RUN and never look back! LOVE DOES NOT HURT. If you are anyone that you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. All the information that you need is on the site www. or you can click the link to the left. Don’t be one of those lost souls, like my mom, who have been reduced to a simple memory on a day of remembrance. Save a Life.

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