If Rage has impacted your life, or the life of someone you know, Angela would love to hear about it. Testimonies may be submitted via the Contact Form. (If you simply would like to write a review, please click on the Amazon link at the right and leave a review there).
Also, if you or someone you know needs help, please check out the various resources below. Each listing is either one I’ve used personally, or know someone who has used one or more. They are also usually free and confidential. Thank you! You could help save a life . . . even your own. I have current listings, and will periodically add new sources, or remove ones that no longer exist.
For domestic violence, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and their website is www.thehotline.org. You may also seek help from local shelters and crisis centers.
The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and their website is www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
You may also check out the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at
1 (866) 331-9474 / www.loveisrespect.org.
I love the Joyful Heart Foundation. I could not summarize what they do, and still give this organization the credit it deserves. The following words are not mine.
“When Mariska Hargitay started playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit over a decade ago, the content of the scripts, as well as the work she did to prepare for the role, opened her eyes to the epidemics of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. What she learned was staggering:
- One in three women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.
- Every two minutes in the United States, someone is sexually assaulted.
- Nearly four children die every day in this country as a result of child abuse and neglect. And up to ten million children witness domestic violence each year.
But what really opened her eyes–and subsequently, her heart–was the fan mail she received. The letters didn’t say, ‘I love your show. Can you send me an autographed picture?’ They said, ‘I was raped when I was fifteen. I’m forty now and I’ve never told anyone.’ Victims were disclosing their stories to her, many for the first time.
Mariska founded Joyful Heart in 2004 with the intention of helping survivors heal and reclaim their lives. Today, Joyful Heart’s mission is to heal, educate and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, and to shed light into the darkness that surrounds these issues.
Since 2004, over 2,000 survivors have participated in Joyful Heart’s pioneering retreat and wellness programs, thousands more have taken that first important step to get help through our website, and our participation in national educational and media awareness campaigns has planted the seeds of a changed awareness in the lives of millions. This year alone, the Foundation will directly serve over 2,000 survivors and the professionals who care for them.
Everybody knows that rape, sexual assault and child abuse happen. Society is willing to look at this reality from time to time, but is just as willing to forget the horrible truth about how many survivors are walking among us. The Joyful Heart Foundation is working to build a community that is strong enough not to push this reality away, a community that acknowledges the dark side of this issue, but endeavors to turn toward the light of healing, the path to possibility and the clarity of honest dialogue.”
Here is another fantastic organization: http://takebackthenight.org They have even more resources, such as Date Rape, Stranger Rape, Marital Rape, Legal Assistance, Resources for Men, Stalking, etc. Again, these words are not mine:
“In 1999, Katie Koestner led the initiative, along with others committed to the mission of TBTN, to establish the international headquarters and charitable 501(c)3 foundation of Take Back The Night. Katie Koestner was the first woman to speak out nationally and publicly about date rape and has personally spoken at over 400 Take Back the Night events throughout North America. Our Board of Advisors represents a cross-section of those who have a long-standing history with Take Back the Night and passion for our cause.
The Take Back The Night Foundation seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.
Women across the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes, but there is much to be accomplished in the fight to end sexual violence. Crimes of this nature continue to appear in the news in epidemic proportions. As the history of Take Back The Night continues to be written, its mission to end sexual violence for all remains a beacon of hope for the millions affected by crimes of violence. We have made great strides, but our march is far from over.”
My hope is that you will let God find you and heal you, just like He did for me. I
know it might seem scary, but I promise you that it is worth it. The healing process
may be quite difficult, but you are worth it. If you have questions about the healing
process, you may contact your local church for more information. One of the best
parts in speaking out against the violence is that you do not have to go through it
Read my motivation for writing Rage here: https://angelasheffield.wordpress.com/the-story-behind-the-story/