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The Circle of Abuse

Posted in Awareness, North America, Our Health with tags , , , , , , on April 23, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

Brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique apologizes to sister for molestation. Mo’Nique won Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role as an abusive mother in the film “Precious: Based on the Novel Push, by Sapphire.” She said she was able to draw from her childhood experience of abuse to play the role. She compared the “monster” she played to the “monster” her oldest brother was while abusing her.

Gerald Imes, Mo’Nique’s brother, told Oprah the sexual abuse happened over a period of two years, mostly while he believed Mo’Nique was sleeping. Imes also said,

“I started using cocaine, heroin, [sic] alcohol at the age of 11. I used these drugs to hide my own pain, to hide my own fears . . . The drugs allowed me and afforded me the opportunity to hurt my sister.”

Imes said he had been sexually abused and he tried to hide the shame he felt. He took it out on his sister and later another girl. He served 12 years for that molestation. He hopes by coming forth now that somewhere in the future he and Mo’Nique can come together as siblings.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse in the African American Community

Posted in Awareness, CULTURE with tags , , , , on April 11, 2010 by Mijiza Zeyzey

African American women experience domestic violence 35 percent more than white women and 22 percent more than women of other races. African American women are more likely to be shot by an intimate partner than women of other races.

The Surgeon General of the U. S. says domestic violence causes more injury to women than cancers, heart attacks, or strokes.

Economics has proven to play a role in domestic violence. As the economy worsen, the rate of violence against women increases. Lack of education, poor training, poor problem solving skills, drug use, and alcohol use also contributes to domestic violence.

Abuse that’s on many forms; emotional, physical, psychological, and sexual. Domestic abuse can be conducted by a sexual partner, a former sexual partner, or a family member.

African American women remain in relationships troubled by domestic abuse and violence more than their white counterparts. Reasons for this may be due to:

  • Few martial options
  • Low income
  • Reluctance to seek assistance
  • Lack of community shelters

Victims of domestic violence and abuse should not have to stand alone. It is a community problem. It should be addressed by churches, hospitals, corporations, and civic groups.

Addressing the problem as a community increases options for victims. Recognition of the perpetrators need for aid to change lowers the rate of occurrence. Support groups for families in crisis can direct perpetrators and victims to the right resources. Silence only adds to the problem by enabling it to continue and worsen.

Find community support and resources or call the National Domestic Violence hot line at (800) 799-SAFE.