CompassionateLove Radio: Combatting Stigma with Stories
(c)2016 Nancy Virden, Always the Fight Ministry
Show # 1: Domestic Abuse/Rape
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Danita is a survivor of marital rape.
Her oh-so-charming, suit-wearin’ and church attendin’ husband had for years secretly undermined his wife by practicing what is best known as “gaslighting.” Gaslighting is a confounding behavior that leaves spouses and significant others questioning their own judgment, intelligence, and value. Gaslighting occurs when an abuser purposely creates confusing or negative scenarios to confuse the intended victim, thus setting up an opportunity to ridicule, blame, lie, or appear the hero. As in all abuse, gaslighting is about power and control.
Danita never suspected he would resort to physical harm. One of the lesser understood characteristics of abuse is that it progresses. Danita’s husband’s obsession with power and control over his wife turned into violence and violation. Now Danita is eager to confront the stigma that helps keep women like her in the shadows.
Wednesday August 24, 2016, as the first guest on CompassionateLove Radio, Danita will openly share her story with the world. You do not want to miss it!
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