Today I wanted to offer some advice to people that have either seen, witnessed or know of domestic violence.
I know what domestic violence is like. My father, Mike Rinder, attacked my mother in front of me—if you can believe that. He mauled her flesh. And all of this resulted in a broken shoulder and permanently damaged nerves. My mother will never ever recover from that domestic violence attack for the rest of her life.
So, my story is one story but I think it represents so many other stories and that’s why I continue to raise awareness and bring up the social issue and tell the truth about it so that it can be ended—not only for my family, but for anybody else’s family.
There’s some statistics that I wanted to tell you about regarding domestic violence that I consider pretty shocking. One of them is that every minute 20 people in the U.S. are domestically abused. So that’s 1 person every 3 seconds.
Every year there’s approximately 5 million children in the U.S. that are exposed to domestic violence. That is something we need to fix because those children are growing up in an environment of violence and that’s what they’re going to take with them for the rest of their lives.
I started justice4mom after my father, Mike Rinder, attacked my mom and due to his attack, damaged her for life. And he’s lied about it and shamed my mom, who’s the victim, and also shamed me as the eyewitness and refuses to admit that it happened.
Just think of the other domestic violence abusers that are out there doing the same thing. It might be your family. And together, fighting, we can put an end to domestic violence.
So my message today is come join the force that’s effectively going to bring big change to this social issue.
There are groups and organizations across the U.S. in almost every city actually that are there to help prevent domestic violence. They need help and you can give it. Each of us lending a hand is going to make a difference.
So you might be sitting there thinking, “I’m just one person. What’s my voice going to do?” Everything. Because each of us—
doing our part and helping in any way that we can, raising awareness and educating people and preventing domestic violence—matters.
Your voice does matter. Every voice matters. And with domestic violence being such a large social issue, it’s going to take a large public response and each of us doing something to help out. So if you are already helping, thank you very much. If you can help, do whatever it is that you can do. Because each of us contributing is what’s going to make the change. The change once and for all so that domestic violence is ended.
Thank you for your help.
Your voice matters.
Help end domestic violence.