Commentaries for Sharon Hughes
The 'Silent Shame' Many Women Face

It didn't take long after the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey," hit the charts last month to see whole magazines dedicated to movie, it's scenes, the actors, creators, et al. And many are still asking why so many women went to see it given the fact that it 'glorifies' abuse, in the name of 'submission.'!

The Guardian pointed out that the movie was/is all about abuse...in the name of submissive sex. I am personally glad to find that many WOMEN are speaking out about it, such as Dr. Miriam Grossman MD in her article, "A Psychiatrist’s Letter to Young People about Fifty Shades of Grey," who wrote, "Fifty Shades of Grey is being released for Valentine’s Day, so you’ll think it’s a romance, but don’t fall for it. The movie is actually about a sick, dangerous relationship filled with physical and emotional abuse. It seems glamorous, because the actors are gorgeous, have expensive cars and planes, and Beyonce is singing. You might conclude that Christian and Ana are cool, and that their relationship is acceptable."

It's extremely important to address the very real issue of abuse, if we can ever hope to see it less victims.

Did you know ...

That every 9 seconds a woman is beaten by her husband, partner or boyfriend?

That one out of every 4 women are victims of domestic violence in America today?

That 15-20% of children are victims of abuse in the U.S.?

That domestic abuse is more than just physical harm, but also can be verbal, emotional, mental harm?

Have you every wondered ...

Why so many battered women stay in abusive relationships?

Why many women who are victims of abuse go back to their abuser after leaving?

Why this huge 'epidemic' is rarely talked about in our culture?

What can I do to help someone I know who is in an abusive situation?

Well, I wanted women to wonder no more, and so we held a luncheon a few years ago with expert on Victimology and author of "How to Spot a Dangerous Man," as our guest speaker, Sandra Brown.

Sandra Brown, deals with the hardest cases; wrote "Counseling Victims of Violence: A Handbook for Helping Professionals"; is President of the Institute for Relational Harm Reduction; and publishes Safe Relationships Magazine. (see more bio here)

She did a fantastic job of informing the packed room of women at the Sheraton Hotel in Petaluma, CA, on the very real realities of abuse of women, and the help that is available.

With 1 out of 4 women today victims of domestic abuse, that means you have either been a victim, are a victim or know someone who is! Learn to identify the signals and signs, thus we wanted to make available some of the best resources to those who attended on how to either help someone caught in an abusive relationship, or help themselves.

Part of our vision at WOMANTalk is to see women and children free from abuse and its effects, whether in dictatorial regimes or right here at home; and from sex trafficking in the Red Light district of Calcutta, India or the streets of Santa Rosa, California.

As women, we need to work together to see the 'silent shame' so many women live with...erased. And there's no better time than this month, with the release of "Fifty Shades of Grey."

So, get educated on this issue so you can be an instrument of help to women who are victims; and if you are a victim of abuse, please get help so you can be set free. I highly recommend availing yourself of Sandra Brown's resources which you can find here.

Again, I believe 2015 is the year to get engaged! And there's no better issue than abuse against women to engage in.



Other Commentaries by Sharon Hughes

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Why Worldviews Matter
Jews Speak Up For Christmas!
Confessions Of A Reluctant Prepper
Remembering The John Kerry Of A Few Years Back
Time To Rise Up & Take A Stand!
The Difference Between Socialism & Communism
The "Evolving" Gay Marriage Debate
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What Does It Mean To Love Your Country?
Tears Of A Grateful Nation
The Unthinkable Is Never A Solution
Unbelievable Population Control Quotes By The 'Elite'
Climategate & Copenhagen
What's In The Healthcare Bill?
Envision All Women Free!
Money Management Not Madness!
How To Survive The Insanity
Where Is The Hope?
Bill Maher Still Ranting On Religion And Politics
A Thanksgiving Legacy
The Assault On Sarah Palin Continues
Make Veterans Day Memorable
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Al Gore Evoking The Wrath Of God To Validate His Claims
Sf Mayor Ecstatic Over Gay Marriage
Obama's "Typical White Person" Ought Oh!
Barack Obama's Very Controversial Pastor
What's With All The Candidate 'Faith Talk'?
Gays Mock Jesus & The Last Supper
Throw Away Babies
Al Gore Lobbying For The Nobel Peace Prize
Why Roe Vs. Wade Is Losing Ground
Responses To ‘ahmadinejad’s Letter’
Ahmadinejad’s Letter To America
Raising Pagan Children, Scary
'Five Pillars Of Islam’ Vs. The Pope In Schools
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War In Iraq Who Is Telling The Truth?
Anti Semitism On The Rise In Europe. Scary!
Preschool For All Initiative, What 'Meathead's' Not Telling You
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Teachers Debate Teaching Creationism
Left Wing Gives Ammo To Conservatives
Carter's At It Again
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A Hamas Win Bad For Israel
Jews Speak Up For Christmas
New York Times Accepts The Unacceptable
Court Gone Mad! 9th Circuit Court Rules Against Parents
Red Alert On Codepink!
Media Fails To Report On Anti War Group's 'Letter From God'
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Anti Military, Recruitment & Our Youth
Katrina Blows Sheehan, Gay Marriage Off The Screen
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Adult Vs. Embryonic Stem Cell Researh
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A New Face For Gay Pride
Absentee Dads A National Crisis?
The Effects Of Evolution's Racist Roots On Students
Memorial Day
From Sci Fi To Sci Fact
To Spit Or Not To Spit, On Jane Fonda That Is The Question
Brave New World Re Visited?
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A Look Back
The Unanswered Questions Of Stem Cell Research
Gore Criticizes Bush's Faith
Compulsory Mental Health Screening Is Coming
Truth, Truth, Where Art Thou?
Stem Cell Wars & The Presidency
Traditional Marriage Wins In California
America Looks At The Wives
The John John Ticket Richest In History
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'Day Of Silence' Just A Foot In The Door
Anti American Professors
Crooked And Straight Cops
When Idols Fall
Bias Crimes
Information Warfare!
The Battle Over The "C" Word
A Personal Note On The President's Trip To Baghdad
The Pc (Political Correctness) Police
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Sharon  Hughes is President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, and veteran radio talk show host of Changing Worldviews Talk radio, formerly eminating out of the San Francisco Bay Area, now from the Sierra-Nevada foothills of No. California. Aired on stations across the country, and around the world on the web, she has also appeared on FOX News and other national radio programs.
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