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Let's talk about domestic violence

I was honored and humbled to be on a Mobile United panel hosted by Penelope House (and United Way) last night to have a heavy and necessary conversation on domestic violence. We have some amazing people doing amazing work in domestic violence among us—and oh-so-brave survivors willing to share their stories to change the narrative and empower others to become survivors as well.

And the woman who shared her powerful story last night was such a testament to the fact that all it takes is one person to really really see you and ask, “are you ok? What is going on?” and then to say, with heart and ears wide open: “Tell me what is going on. I’m here.”

For the survivor who spoke last night those words were enough. They were more than enough. They saved her life. She was able to get out and leave her abuser and not only save her own life but her children’s lives as well. And my hope and prayer for our community is that we can commit to doing the same with each other and really seeing and hearing everyone who walks among us. With arms and minds and hearts wide open. A simple “are you ok? You can talk to me” is more than enough.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And so let’s not only wear purple and spread awareness, but let’s be enough, y’all.❤️

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Jenny Arras

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DISTRICT 3

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