DV Awareness: “Survival of the Fittest”

For October’s Domestic Violence Month, I want to continue to talk about the various abuses, including workplace abuse. Many have been victimized at work as well as schools and universities as the desire to succeed cause some to hurt others with lies and deception.

“Survival of the fittest”…
is a term that I thought…
as we discussed our futures…
and some battles we have fought.
For some occupations are calm…
with no turmoil within.
Then others are “backstabbing”…
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31 Facts in 31 Days – Day 23

Originally posted on Battered Wife Seeking Better Life:


While watching the news this morning, I was so excited to learn that the NFL would be participating in the new NOMORE Public Service Announcement.  It quickly took me back to when I first heard the original PSA which included numerous actors.  When I first saw it, it gave me the chills.  It was because they were talking about Domestic Violence – out loud.  Actors I knew from television.  Taking a stand. Talking about it like it was normal conversation.  I couldn’t wait to see it regularly on television – imagining it would become a staple like the smoking PSA commercials that show what tobacco does to our bodies.

It never became a regularly aired commercial – that I am aware of.  In fact, I have probably not seen it more than once.  Unless it airs during all of the SVU-type shows (which I don’t like watching because most of them can…

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Depression—A Battle Too Big to Fight Alone

Originally posted on Seth Adam Smith:

"Lost and Found" by Greg Olsen

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen

A few months ago, my brother and I were invited to be interviewed for a video about suicide prevention. The video was published last night with this text in the video description:

There is no easy solution for helping someone who has thoughts about ending their life. But there are some things we can do to reach out to them.

The most common sources of pain for someone having suicidal thoughts are feeling disconnected from other people, feeling like they’re a burden to others or that people would be better off without them. Coupled with the hopeless thoughts that things aren’t going to change, suicidal thoughts become risky.

For some, like Seth Adam Smith, the right words spoken by another can change a life. Seth’s depression caused him to attempt suicide. He was miraculously saved, and when he awoke, his older brother’s words changed…

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DV Awareness: Have You Ever Heard “IT’S YOUR FAULT!!!”

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This is for the many who have been abused and blamed for things that are not their fault!!

I saw this posting…
and memories just flooded my mind.
Remembering abusive words spoken…
and things I thought were left behind.
“It’s your fault!! It’s all your fault!”
were words I’d frequently hear…
with a finger pointing at me…
and anxiety rising with fear. Continue reading