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Title: New Hope
Date: July 02, 2013
I taught English for a rural GED program. We met once a week for three hours in a classroom at an island high school. My students were women. Each had dropped out of school a decade ago because of pregnancy. They discovered life was difficult without a diploma.
Each worked hard in class and at home. We read and discussed novels. Written assignments included essays, poems, and stories. They wrote about themselves, about the pain and struggle of poverty. Several women graduated. One or two dropped out. The drop-outs often wrote about abuse. Their husbands forced them to drop out because their husbands were nervous. The men were nervous that their wives might start thinking for themselves, because they were losing control of their personal property -- their women; and because the wives were learning new ideas such as -- women aren’t worthless.
Are men who act that way abusive? I didn’t mention hitting. As far as I recall these women didn’t suffer physical violence. They did suffer verbal abuse, demeaning language, and issues of control in all aspects of their lives. That’s abuse.
If you or someone you love or know needs new hope and help you can find both at our website. Go to www.dailydevotions.org and click on the resources link. There you’ll find links to help.
God loves you. You’ll get through this. You don’t deserve abuse.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, bless the women and men who live lives controlled and abused by those who profess to love them. Bless them and get them help. Amen.
Here’s an Idea: There is no excuse for domestic violence.