October is Domestic Violence Prevention month.
Many say they are tired of hearing about it. Why doesn’t she just leave?
They don’t ask why he continues to be insane.
Why does he kick the woman carrying his child to the ground?
Why he hates someone who is devoted to his happiness?
Why he refuses to take responsibility for the smallest of his behaviors?
Why churches continue to look the other way?
Or worse, tell her it’s her God given duty to take it?
Unless someone has been there, they can’t understand.
It doesn’t start out this way.
Slowly and subtly the abuser begins to build, first, invisible mental and emotional bars around his partner.
Then eventually the bars become physical. They were already real.
And that is what those on the outside don’t understand. The bars are real, even though they can’t see them.
They are the same bars built in concentration camp tactics, cults, or any form of abuse.