It’s hard to know what the best thing to do is when we see someone in need of help.
I never want to pry into someone’s personal life without permission, and this cultural attitude can be a good thing, but it can also make us more likely to become bystanders. One mom’s ordeal with a black eye confirmed that she needed to speak out and tell her story in hopes of saving someone else’s life.
Siobhan Rennie walked around for a week with a black eye, and she noticed that people looked at her awkwardly. No one ever asked if she was okay.
Rennie’s black eye was caused by her rambunctious toddler in an accident. It’s a funny story, but she knows all too well that the cause could have been different.
Rennie was herself a victim of domestic violence. She bravely shared her story with advocacy group White Ribbon Australia.
“I remember saying that all I wanted was just one person to ask if I was OK. I needed help, desperately, and couldn’t find it anywhere. I got away, finally. It could have been a lot worse,” she said.
She goes on to say, “It’s up to all of us to ask. We can stop this before it happens. Yep, I know you’ll feel awkward. It won’t be easy. But that person might be so so grateful, it could be life changing for them.”
(via Daily Mail)
Rennie’s story is an important reminder that if you see something that might be wrong, you should say something. You can get over the awkwardness if it means saving a life. Share this story to raise awareness for domestic violence victims everywhere.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233.
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