When “Sorry” is Not Enough

When his heart is cold
And his love is gone
When he glees in her abuse
And enjoy its pleasures
When he hurts and humiliates her
And makes her feel so worthless
Then he sobers up and repents
Making a thousand sugar-coated promises
That he knows cannot fill any basket
Then he says “I’m sorry”
But he whips her and hurts her again
Oh dear friend, sometimes sorry is not just enough

Sorry will not stop her bleedings
Sorry will not stay his beatings
Sorry will not dry her tears
Sorry will not mend her scars
Sorry will not heal her bruised heart
Sorry will not change the marred body
Sorry will not rebuild her shattered dreams, her broken bones, her wounded pride, her lost dignity and her damaged self.
Oh dear friend, sometimes sorry is not just enough

Rise up! Oh daughter of Zion!
Weep no more! Oh child of destiny!
Reach within, and take hold of your inner zest!
For there is hope at the end of the tunnel
Hope for a happier joy-filled future
Free from the shackles and bonds of abuse
Teach your sons, tell your daughters-
“Any human that beats and abuses another human has robbed themselves the right to be called a human being.”

Daily Prompt: Rebuild

Statistics-
Domestic abuse:
* Affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
* Leads to, on average, 2 women being murdered each week and 30 men per year
* Accounts for 16% of all violent crime (Source: Crime in England and Wales 04/05 report), however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police
* Has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police) (Home Office, 2002)
* Is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless (Shelter, 2002)
* Approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months,
* 50% of these 400 attend hospital on the day they go on to commit suicide.
Domestic Abuse Statistics | Living Without Abuse

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