It’s Month 3 of the Social Justice Challenge (SJC). The goal of the SJC is to foster learning about social justice issues through reading and then to put feet to that newfound knowledge through some sort of action. (Learning is the easy part; it’s the action that’s difficult!)
The SJC hosts post a few introductory questions for participants to answer to kick off each month’s topic. My responses follow, and I recommend visiting SJC’s site to review other participant responses. A major component of this challenge is seeing things from someone else’s perspective so that we can grow in our own.
For the month of March we will look at domestic violence and child abuse.
SJC: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of domestic violence and child abuse?
Fear and brokenness.
SJC: What is your current knowledge of domestic violence and child abuse?
My knowledge is almost nonexistent, except that I know it’s out there and likely more common than anyone knows. My guess is that the statistics would reveal shocking levels of occurrence.
SJC: Are you aware of the resources available for men, women and children who find themselves in domestic violence and child abuse situations?
I am aware that those resources exist, but I have not had the need to track them down.
SJC: Have you chosen a book or resource to read for this month?
I had a rough time deciding on a resource because I tend to have a weak tolerance for such heavy stories. For example, I hear great reviews about the quality of performances in the multiaward-winning film Precious, but even the short clips I’ve seen are so upsetting that I don’t think I could make it through the entire story. But I am committed to entering the reality of those who face abuse, so I will read one of the following books (to be determined by what’s currently available at the library):
Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall with Lisa Pulitzer
Flying in Place by Susan Palwick
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