Imagine being engaged after a long-term relationship (many years ago), looking forward to your happily ever after, and building a future with someone you once loved. Now, imagine being the subject of physical, mental, emotional, and sometimes sexual abuse – at the hands of someone you loved and trusted.
The person who had dreamed of wedded bliss that eventually turned sour was me. I was the victim of an abusive relationship for many years, and during that time I held myself responsible. He had me convinced that he was the best man for me and that no man would treat me as good as he did (so I thought). I thought that if I changed the way I acted, then my fiancé (at that time) would change and no longer act violently towards me. Truth be told, I WAS WRONG
I quickly learned that because he did not like himself he would often take his pain out on me. After years of enduring domestic violence and five failed attempts to leave, I had an experience where I nearly lost my life at the hands of my abuser.
But God empowered me on my sixth exit opportunity and gave me a second chance at life! I left and never returned and I owe it all to Him (Jeremiah 29:11).
Now, I’m using my story and platform to pay it forward. The victory I found created a passion within me to give back to domestic violence victims.
Other wives, fiances, partners, mothers, and children need their exit opportunities just like I did. If you’ve ever been in their shoes or have an ounce of empathy in your heart, scroll down to learn how you can help.
Join Me in Partnering with the House of Ruth
I have partnered with the House of Ruth to raise money for item donations to Moms who have just made the decision I made many years ago. Domestic violence is tough! So, we want to make sure these families are supported and well equipped to remain out of harm’s way. Monies will be used to purchase items for families who suffer from domestic abuse and trauma.
About the House of Ruth
House of Ruth Maryland, based in Washington D.C., is one of the nation’s leading intimate partner violence centers — helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.
Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, religion, ability or gender. It can also take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional, economic, and psychological abuse.
Why Should you Care?
Intimate partner violence impacts individuals, families, workplaces, and communities. Since it is framed within the global issue of violence against women, it is shaped and supported by societal, familial, and cultural norms and is complicated by the intersection of other cultural oppressions.
House of Ruth ensures that endangered victims receive services and shelter immediately. They also work with abusers to help change their behavior.
For more information or to get help, contact the 24-Hour Hotline at 410.889.7884 or the Legal Hotline
We are looking to purchase essential household items to assist families who are in residential programs at the House of Ruth. And we will provide them with support throughout their treatment process.
Here are some of the items we are looking to purchase for the Moms and children:
- Clothing hampers
- Laundry pods
- Sanitary items
- Nail polish
We are accepting Cashapp donations at $ChassityParrish and would appreciate any assistance you are willing and able to provide. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.
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*If you know someone who could be in a domestic violence relationship and are seeking assistance, please refer them to the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.