The story of my past experiences with domestic violence and how I have moved forward throughout the years to provide advocacy to others.
Happy New Year 2012!
Posted in on Monday, January 9, 2012 7:15 PM by Jennifer
Happy New Year 2012!
It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to blog with last year being so busy. I had so many amazing opportunities in using my voice last year that I’m truly grateful for. I believe the last time I blogged was after I got home from Pittsburgh, PA. From there I travelled to Denver, CO – El Paso, TX – South Padre Island, TX – and finally, Galloway, NJ. Alot of flying/driving in those last couple of months of the year, but was honored to be able to use my voice and share my story with others. One of the most amazing experiences I had was in El Paso speaking at their “Help. Hope. Healing!” conference for crime victims. Talk about POWERFUL. I usually share my story at conferences that are attended by law enforcement, judges, district attorneys, social workers, therapists, nurses, etc., but to speak infront of hundreds of crime victims…wow, it was unbelievable. To be able to stand up and show a room full of people that “it’ll be okay” and see the hope in their eyes is an indescribable feeling. I love what they’re doing in El Paso and I’m hoping after meeting with our head DA, Jack Roady, here in Galveston County, we’ll be able to soon start a yearly conference of our own for crime victims to bring more awareness to our communities in this area…it’s greatly needed and I know will be beneficial and positive in so many ways!
I’ve taken a break from travelling for at least a few months at the beginning of this year for some personal time. Jonathan finished the welding program and is a certified welder now so he’s looking for a new job and life in general is just wonderful! I feel so blessed by having your continued support, prayers, and positive thoughts! I check my e-mail and read my guestbook daily on the website, and I really thank each of you who have used your voice in expressing your feelings & emotions and those that have shared your personal experiences and stories of survival with me. I hope that with this time off, I’ll have more time to blog and keep you all updated!
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The Resurrection of a Woman’s�LifePOSTED BY THELIFEOLOGISTCHRONICLES ⋅ APRIL 8, 2012 ⋅ 6 COMMENTSFILED UNDER �COUNSELING, COURAGE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, EMPOWER, EVE ENSLER, FAITH, GIRLS, GOD FEAR FAITH COURAGE TRUST, RESURRECTION, THE LIFEOLOGIST, V-DAY, VAGINA MONOLOGUE, WOMENI was a victim of domestic�abuse for 20 years; 4 years as a teenager by my boyfriend, who later became my husband of 15 years. I was 16 when this first began and was 35, when I finally got the sense and the courage to leave. However, the affects�of the abuse weren’t quite over. It took 10�long years for me to really regain my life and for him to stop attempting to destroy it for leaving him. In hindsight, there are a plethora of unreasonable reasons why I stayed in this relationship and later married my abuser and why it took me so long to get out of it; I kept it a secret for a long time, it was your classic textbook case with a very unusual twist.�The blessing of it all, is I lived through it, to become the woman I am today. There are tens of thousands of women who didn’t and that’s why I tell my story in hopes of raising awareness�of women and girls out there who�may be�headed down this familiar road to take another route.In May 1997 on Mother’s day and the day after I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling, I was severely assaulted by my husband and ended up in a hospital emergency room and that’s when I finally decided, this was the last time and I would never go back and I didn’t. It took years of spiritual healing, relocating, gut-wrenching sacrifices and a heartbreaking choice that involved saving the lives of my two children as well as my own to heal from the affects of this experience. Over the years, I’ve experienced ongoing financial hardships, have had some friends and family support me and�overcame the emotional harm inflicted by those who knew the truth, but chose to judge me in the aftermath.In 1995, just a few years before my marriage ended, I began to actively help women like me who didn’t know I was also being abused. I know now that I was also seeking help for myself in addition to helping them; it was the beginning of the end of this extremely unhealthy and undeserving life as I knew it.Today, 14 years after my divorce, I have a beautiful new story to tell and the miracle of my life speaks for itself. Although it was extremely difficult at times, I never gave up hope, I never stopped trusting in my faith and in myself and I never stopped doing the hard work I needed to do to forgive myself and my ex-husband in order to�heal.My children are amazing young adults now, I am extremely grateful to God for that and we are making new memories together. I am living the essence of�my dreams, looking forward to more beautiful experiences and by sharing my real and authentic life lessons, I have made it my life’s work with every opportunity I get to inspire and educate women and girls, including my daughter, to make wiser choices in life to help avoid this experience and empower them to take their lives back, if they find themselves in a similar situation.ReTina Broussard “The Lifeologist”Social Commentator/Media Personality/Speaker/Writer/Performercopyright 2012, ReTina Broussard. All Rights Reserved.I have always wanted to be�in a production of “The Vagina Monologues” because of my experience and I�now have the honor of participating in this phenomenal play in this phase of my life, it is a sweet gift from God and dream come true!V‑DAY, THE DISTRICT JOINS GLOBAL EFFORT TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS … V-Day The District 2012 Presents a Benefit Production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUESwithDeborah Bond, ReTina Broussard�and Majic 102.3’s Cortney HicksJoin Us As We Raise Funds And Awareness To End Violence Against Women And Girls�On Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 7 pm, V‑Day The District will present a�ONE-NIGHT ONLY�benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD.Tickets may be purchased at www.camilleparrisevents.com
To all those struggling… may we find justice! It’s an attitude thing… to not give up in the progress of obtaining laws across the U.S. that are focused upon protection of all domestic violence victims and survivors.
Have a great day!!