In The Midst of the Storm
Ironically, those deafening, destructive sounds offered me the most comfort; each thunderous blow meant that both my parents were still alive and well enough to put up a fight. The lightning—the part that did the actual damage—was the realization of what was taking place. That was the part that shocked the very essence of my being. The people that I thought I knew—the ones who claimed to be in love—they were doing everything in their power to hurt each other.
Having grown up in a home with domestic violence, I now work with at-risk youth many of whom are dealing with the burdens associated with living in similar conditions. While it is not always evident that a child is living in this situation, the effects of such an experience on a child are familiar. These traumatic experiences are usually evidenced by children exhibiting extremely low self-esteem, aggression, depression, and/or anxiety.
*Words in italics taken from the book Unexpected Places by Dionna Latimer-Hearn
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