“You belong to me”
Sound like familiar, sweet sentiments? They can be. Yet some practice a love that is about control and ownership instead of mutual support. Healthy love is about respect, equality and there is a sense of peace within it. Unhealthy relationships are marked with jealousy, fear, guilt, coercion and control.
In a healthy relationship, you feel free to make your own decisions. You know your partner or friend values your opinion and safe boundaries. You do not try to control your partner’s actions or feelings. Relationships are not about ownership- they are about sharing love.
Thank you for helping us make this holiday season so special for so many families. The SOS Administrative offices are closed until January 30th. Our hotline will still be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone needing assistance with sexual or domestic violence, dating or stalking violence. 24 hr hotline: 800-825-1295
Even if you don’t believe in the ‘jolly old elf’ you would laugh in spite of yourself if you could see the generosity of so many of your neighbors in this community as we do here at SOS.
The Christmas season- we associate it with a cozy home and a warm night. Santa Claus and stockings. Yet for some families, the holidays are filled with fear – a powder keg waiting to explode. In some homes, there is no moment of everyone smiling around a dinner table.
You were created to love and be loved.
You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known.
You need to know your story is important, and you’re part of a bigger story.
You need to know your life matters.
We interviewed Yvette Sosa, SOS bilingual victim advocate, to learn answers to the burning questions you’ve wanted to ask, but never did. What is the most common type of domestic abuse? Verbal and emotional abuse. “It usually starts with name calling – making the person feel worthless,” said Yvette. “Often victims talk themselves out of realizing they are being victimized by minimizing the situation….
Help inspire millions to embrace their inner misfit and wear their misfit socks on Oct. 25. Tell your friends, family, classroom, church and community and take the pledge to participate. Roll up your pants and show your support against bullying!