I grew up almost the same way...difference is that after 10 years my mom decided to put an end to the relationship and divorce my dad against what the Catholic church said. Today, the violence that we (myself, brother and sister) learned growing up still continues. I know my brother pushes his wife around, but she won't leave him, and now they have a baby to teach. My sister endures psychological abuse every day, but does the same back. I myself have been in different abusive relationships and strive to have a peaceful life. Sadly ending relationships time and time again because I know I deserve better. We learn these patterns of living growing up in this patriarchal society, where men feel superior than women because they are typically physically stronger. As women, we need to speak out against violence and teach each other how to respect and honor women. First, we honor and love ourselves and the rest follows. It is no longer the time of self-sacrifice and enduring violence and oppression. Going back to the Native beliefs and traditions of women as sacred, because we give life. We give a piece of our life so that life can go on. Thank you Tina for having the courage to tell your story and help other women do the same. Peace & Wellness


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