Let Your Voice Be Heard

Aisha was the wife of a man who disappeared not long after their marriage. In his place came a husband who thought always hurting the woman he had promised to care for was the best way to be one.

By the time they had a son, Aisha had to give up waiting for the person she fell in love with to come back. She had to set aside the nightmare of a possibility that that person might never even have existed because she had an 18-month old infant who had just been thrown by his father into a rose bush and who didn’t know how to defend himself.

For Aisha, enough was enough. For the safety of her baby, just a divorce would not be enough. There had to be no contact between the innocent and the guilty. Violence was a choice her husband continued to make, and she was taking a stand to prevent any more of it.

Courts, unfortunately, don’t always make this easy.  She needed the assistance of a brilliant lawyer to keep social workers from making her share her son’s life with a parent who kept trying to ruin it, the testimony of the family physician to prove there was actually abuse, and resilience that she was slowly running out of to keep going.

The months of having no one believe her did not make it easy, but there were good people along the way too. And, by Christmas, with their help, Aisha had full custody of her son and a well-earned chance at a kinder life for them both.

Women have the right to live free from violence.

Let your voice be heard

Read more true and inspiring stories of abuse and violence in my book “After Rain Skies” available via KOBO.COM

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

28 thoughts on “Let Your Voice Be Heard

  1. Tragic. I do think that many women will bear the abuse in silence but once the abuse spills to their children it is a different story. Their eyes are opened and they make the decision to save the children and themselves. Tragic that it has to come to that point before they say “enough”!

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    1. I agree Val…sometimes i ask, do they really need to wait for the children to be physically abuse too to find a way?… we may never know the answer but i believe we can always play our part to help and create awareness…😊😊thank you Val

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  2. Sad but inspiring! Sadly, there are many Aisha’s out there and I really hope they find the courage and help to break free and lead better and a kinder life.

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  3. What a heart-touching story, SweetMich! But full of hope and inspiration, too.
    I am so proud of Aisha! Her story, her courage, what she learned…she will help many women!
    Grateful for those who helped her. We must always be willing to help each other, as women.
    (((HUGS))) to her and to you! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Carolyn ..Aisha was one of my favorite subjects when I was interviewing victims of abuse for my book..she is full of hope and she has fully recovered and her son too.

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  4. I survived te violence twice, once as a teenager and one as a married woman. The abuse a a teenager taught me not to believe the crying and vows to change when my first husband beat me nearly to death one night. I left before he woke up, thanks be to God for the people He put in my life to save me.I don’t tolerate abuse in any form, relaizing, nealry too late, that I was worth more than that kind of treatment and that I deserve better. Thank you for bringing this to the front of people.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story of survival….i am deeply grateful to hear women share their stories to inspire others who are in similar situation. And yes, violence of any form is unacceptable and should never be tolerated. It is unfortunate though that many are still in this siituation not knowing what to do.
      Awareness is important and so is people like you who bravely speak up.
      Thank you so much..

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  5. That is a reality for many around us as we know it and the societal structures are not easy to navigate, on top of the incredible personal courage required. A thoughtful reminder you brought us.

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