What does a survivor look like? At first introduction, you would learn that April Hardy is a single mom, an entrepreneur, a youth group leader, a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. If you spent any time around her, you would see that she loves people and has a good sense of humor. What you might not see is that she is also survivor of multiple rapes, years of emotional and financial abuse, years of stalking, death threats, and more.
In Case I'm Murdered is a collection of information, wisdom, and tools that April has learned over the years, from extensive research and her own personal experience. Throughout the writing of this book, her life was in danger from two stalkers who were previous romantic partners, but that fact only reinforced her need to write it. She doesn't want you or your loved ones to suffer the way she and so many other women have. In Case I'm Murdered is a labor of love for you.
Research shows that women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner (husband, boyfriend, same-sex partner, or ex) than by anyone else. - VAWnet
1 in 3 females will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. - NSVRC
1 in 3 women will experience some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. - NCADV
1 in 7 women have been stalked by an intimate partner to the point where they were afraid or believed that they or someone close to them would be hurt or killed. - NCADV
The stakes are high! Do you know what to look for to avoid potentially dangerous situations? Will you know what to do when the worst happens? If your life has already been damaged by Intimate Partner Violence, do you know how to climb back out of the pit? Read In Case I'm Murdered to answer those questions and more!
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You had me gasping and nodding throughout the whole book, mostly because I know you are telling the truth and are exposing facts; that kind of violence and harassment occurs and is more common that we may think.
What does an abuse survivor look like? The media would lead you to believe that it looks like a female between the ages of 16 and 45. That's not entirely wrong, but it's not entirely right either. We all know that abuse has lived behind closed doors for far too long. Recently, the #MeToo movement catapulted abuse into the limelight. Women are finally being heard. Now it's time for the #MenToo movement. Then we can get some real healing accomplished!
D. is an interpreter, a husband, heterosexual, a father, and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). David is a social worker, is gay, and is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Joe is an author, speaker and survivor of CSA. Nicholas is a teacher, husband, father, heterosexual, and survivor of domestic abuse. Abuse is thrust upon victims, not because of who the victim is, but because of who the perpetrator is. That's true for male and female victims alike. Unfortunately, guys are told to suck it up and pretend like it never happened. It does happen! You are not alone.
1 in 6 men have been sexually assaulted. - 1in6.org
1 in 18 men will be severely injured by an intimate partner in their lifetime. - NCADV
5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked by an intimate partner. - NCAD
Statistics of abuse against male victims are tragically lacking because it is so under-reported.
In Case I'm Murdered: What Men Should Know is a labor of love for you. You need to know that you are not alone. You need to know that you are allowed to hurt and to grieve what was taken from you. You need to know how to heal. Furthermore, you need to know that you are important. You have such a vital role to play in this world! We will talk about this and more in In Case I'm Murdered: What Men Should Know.
I bet you couldn't roll a ball down a hallway at your school without hitting someone who has experienced some type of abuse. If you are a teenager, dating violence is a real issue. If you are a teenage girl, you are a prime target for sexual predators. I wish I could believe that you are at least safe in your own home, but research and the hundreds of personal stories I have heard paint a very different picture. Here are a few statistics you should know:
Nearly 1.5 million American high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner each years. - Loveisrespect.org
1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. - Loveisrespect.org
Females between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average. - Loveisrespect.org
Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. - Loveisrespect.org