Rena Scott – Born to Sing and Won’t Stop

What about in other areas of your life? How do you support yourself and what are your continuing plans?

I receive royalties from publishing and songwriting. My husband also supports me and my music.

You mentioned that you are an advocate against domestic violence. Would you please share why you became an advocate and what kinds of things do you do?

There was so much domestic violence in my house when I was growing up. I saw my dad beat my mother on several occasions. At around the age of 10 I almost had a nervous breakdown. I just could not take it any more. My mother took me to see a doctor and he told her that whatever was going on in my life that was causing this had to stop. My parents divorced a short time after that. The crazy thing is they continued to see each other off and on after the divorce and it started all over again and continued for many years. I loved my dad but I hated him for beating my mother. It had a profound effect on my life. It caused me to be depressed for many years. I still have dreams about it sometimes.

God revealed to me why I had to go through that. It was part of my journey to let the world know it is wrong. It is a matter of power and control on the part of the abuser. Abuse comes in the form of physical, mental or sexual.

In 2005 when I released my “Let Me Love You” CD. I decided I wanted to use my interviews on TV and radio to make people aware of how bad the domestic violence situation is. The numbers are startling. I began to meet with mayors in the different cities to talk about this subject. In each city, they told me it was bad in their state.

Each year approximately 207,754 sexual assaults occur in the United States (RAINN). However, despite that astounding number, sexual assault is still not widely discussed.

Allstate Foundation National Poll on Domestic Violence 2004

  • 3 out of 4 (74%) respondents personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.

  • 83% percent of respondents strongly agreed that domestic violence affects people in all racial, ethnic, religious, educational, social and economic backgrounds.

  • 2 out of 3 (66%) strongly agreed that domestic violence is a serious, widespread social problem in America.

  • While 4 out of 10 (43%) ranked fear that the abuser will find the victim as the number one reason a victim would not leave his/her abuser, over a quarter (28%) thought that finding access to money/income to support the victim and/or children was the most important problem.

The Harris Poll 2006

  • Approximately 8 in 10 (79%) respondents recall, “seeing or hearing something” about domestic violence in the past year.

  • 53 percent say that they have heard of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. This percentage increases substantially among those people who admit that they have been victims of domestic violence (71%).

  • A large majority (85%) agrees that “when a person forces his/her partner to have sex, it is an act of domestic violence.”

  • An 85% majority also agrees that “a man or woman who abuses his/her partner is more likely to also abuse children.”

  • Approximately 33 millions or 15% of all U.S. adults, admit that they were a victim of domestic violence.

  • 6 in 10 adults claim that they know someone personally who has experienced domestic violence.

  • Among all adults, 39% say that they have experienced at least one of the following, with 54% saying that they haven’t experienced any:

    • Called bad names (31%)

    • Pushing, slapping, choking or hitting (21%)

    • Public humiliation (19%)

    • Keeping away from friends or family (13%)

    • Threatening your family (10%)

    • Forcing you to have sexual intercourse without consent (9%)

It just goes on and on.

The number for the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224 the link for the website is http://www.thehotline.org/ They are there 24 hours a 365 days a year.

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