Michelle Jewsbury is creating a path of solidarity and empowerment for those who have been through the horrors of abuse. Acting with retribution is an intention that one may expect from an individual who has been hurt by the one who is supposed to love them the most. This is not the case however for Jewsbury, who works tirelessly and with compassion and motivation to help others. Jewsbury brings her experience instead to the stage as a speaker, and in books as a talented writer. She is also the founder on the non-profit organization, Unsilenced Voices, where support is given to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through this incredible platform, people are given confidence and encouragement from other survivors to let their own voices be heard. Read on to learn the powerful message she revealed during our interview.
You were a domestic violence survivor who found a way out. How did you find the strength to not only escape yourself, but to be the founder of an organization that empowers survivors throughout the world?
“My breaking point was my abuser having affairs. I knew my voice mattered.” She also remembered that “forgiveness is key.” Although, “forgiving someone who has trespassed against you is one of the hardest things a human can do.”
On your website, unsilencedvoices.org, many resources are listed for those who need them. What do you recommend to those who may be too afraid to reach out, or attempt to learn their options?
“A victim has to reach a breaking point in the relationship… they hesitate because they think the abuser will change.” Jewsbury went on to say, “when you leave you are at higher risk of death, so seek refuge at a shelter.” She goes on to advise victims to “devise a safety plan to get out.” This safety plan can include such things as, “having a friend on speed dial, and placing a credit card in a boot.”
Does your non-profit do any work with victims of human trafficking?
“Yes.The Child Liberation Foundation (liberatechildren.org) works with children who have been trafficked.” This organization has a goal of eradicating child trafficking on a global scale.
Your book titled, But I Love Him looks to be an intriguing read. What made you choose this particular title?
“It kind of just came to me. I had heard a lot of survivors over the years say this very same thing when they were trying to figure out why they would have stayed with their abuser.”
A Night to Remember Gala that you are hosting is coming up on December 8, 2021 in Las Vegas! How did this event come to fruition, and what is your vision for the outcome?
“We are hoping to have 150 people there! There will be NFL alumni attending as well. Also, we are looking to raise funds for a Domestic Violence Tour in 9 cities in 2022.” The gala will serve as a way to raise awareness on human trafficking and to allow a safe place for survivors to have their stories heard.
Can you educate our readers about gender-based violence?
“It is the emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, mostly toward women, that describes the maltreatment based on a person’s gender. Gender-based violence is a term used instead of domestic violence, in other countries.”
What is a quote that speaks to the situation you have been through, having been at the receiving end on an abuser, and going on to educate others on this topic?
“Just keep swimming, because you are not defined by your circumstances.”
Michelle Jewsbury is leading others down a path of healing and hope. Through her organization, she aligns with so many agencies who promote humanitarian efforts toward those who need it most. Although Jewsbury had indescribable pain and turmoil in her past, she did not let this diminish her calling. She shines as a light and reassurance for survivors to realize their own ability to leave and thrive! No one should have to endure the heartache and wounds that surge through the very existence of every victim. Each survivor can look to Michelle as an inspiration to where they too can become. According to Jewsbury “it takes a victim 5-7 times to leave and come back,” before they decide to be gone for good. It is her true intention to see each victim rise to who they were meant to be. In order to do this Jewsbury states that, “you have to unlearn what your abuser taught you.” This an important step to healing, as emotional damage is a significant component to how an abuser gains control over their victim.
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