In my quest for love and acceptance from my family, I was stripped of all hope and dignity and left shattered and alone. After surviving all that I had experienced: physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and an existence characterized by broken promises and fierce rejection. 15 years ago, whilst at the lowest point of my life. I became so suicidal and began hating my life and all that it had to offer. Tried and tested everything…self-harm, suicide, drugs, sleeping around, night clubs you name it I tried it…but to no avail, still depressed, wounded and wishing it all to end. I somehow became the unwitting tool to do the extraordinary!
One day from my lowest point, I found hope and it completely changed my destiny. For the first time in my life I saw a glimpse of my future. I have now set up a project called ‘Breaking the Silence’ to help others in the same situation as I was in many years ago.
- 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime many of these on a number of occasions.
- One incident of domestic violence is reported to the police every minute.
- On average, 2 women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
None of these statistics reflect the full extent.
Breaking the silence aims to:
• Raise awareness of issues around domestic violence, forced arranged marriages & human trafficking
• Equip them with tools to recognize the signs (of domestic violence & abuse, forced arranged marriages and human trafficking) and to make critical life choices.
• Empower and encourage potential victims of domestic abuse (physical, emotional and psychological) to break the cycle of intimidation and seek help.
• We will achieve the above through theatre & film productions
With the money raised we are looking to put on our first theatre production to ‘Break the Silence’ of domestic violence and abuse.The production is called 'When I Grow Up'which will show on the 28th Feb 2014.