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Mary’s Experience of Domestic Violence

mary's experience of domestic violence

Mary’s Experience of Domestic Violence

It was love at first sight when I met my boyfriend James at a football game in high school. He and I met when my friends and I were leaving after the game, and he and I accidentally bumped into each other. It was match made it in heaven when I saw him – he is a handsome guy with jet black hair, deep glaring black eyes and a smile that could light up a room. Plus, his body was to die for. He had a jealous streak and a hot temper but I never paid that any mind. I still wonder sometimes why he wanted me when I was just an average girl with dark hair and brown eyes with an average body. It still puzzles me sometimes. Continue reading

Link Between Eating Disorders and Sexual Abuse

link between eating disorders and sexual abuse

Link Between Eating Disorders and Sexual Abuse

The link between eating disorders and sexual abuse has gained a great deal of attention in the past few years. Much research has been conducted in order to discover the link between eating disorders and sexually or emotionally abused women. Many females who undergo treatment of eating disorders have experienced some sort of sexual, physical or emotional abuse at some point in their lives; usually during childhood. The most prominent factor which causes eating disorders in women is sexual abuse, and unfortunately, many of the affected women do not know this because they have suppressed the memory of having been sexually abused. Continue reading

Wounds that Prevent Intimacy

Wounds That Prevent Intimacy

Wounds the Prevent Intimacy

Many women grow up believing that life will be wonderful. They expect that there will be a happy-ever-after ending by about the age of 24 or so. Often this doesn’t occur, because we’re confronted with the pain of many generations gone. Not to mention the build-up of experiences over the course of our lives. Unless these things are dealt with we’ll never have the depth of connection that we want with an intimate partner. Continue reading

Sex Without Consent is Rape

Sex Without Consent is RapeSex Without Consent is Rape

No matter what a guy says, if the woman that he’s attempting to have sex with hasn’t said yes with full knowledge of what she’s doing, it’s rape. So many young people go out and have a night out on the town, fill themselves with drugs and alcohol, and then find themselves doing things that they would never do if they hadn’t got themselves so drunk or stoned. Continue reading

What to Do if your Friend Discloses Sexual Assault to You

talking about rape

Believe them.
Even if their story is difficult to hear and if you know the other person(s) involved, believe what you hear. Most people who come forward are telling the truth.  You may be the first person they tell their experience to. Continue reading

Healing the Feminine Wound

healing the feminine wound

For a long time sex was the only currency a woman had.

And for a long time a woman had to pay.

We became imprinted with this idea that sex is barter, trade for love, care, security.

Men became imprinted that somehow we owed it to them. Continue reading

About Love Honour and Respect

About Love Honour and Respect

About Love Honour and Respect

This site is about Love, Honour and Respect, and is the education arm of the Loving Heart Foundation Australia. We are a community foundation that aims to provide teens and adults with clear and accurate information on: sexual harassment; sexual assault; and dating, gender and domestic violence, which can hopefully lead to reducing the aforementioned.  This information, in isolation, is not enough to end all forms of violence. However, when used in conjunction with a community effort and self awareness by the victim, violence can be eradicated.

Private, Not-For-Profit Foundation

The Loving Heart Foundation Australia is a non-government,  not for profit private organisation that has commenced in NSW, Australia and will expand nationwide as it grows. It is committed to the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence, from intimidation and harassment to domestic violence and sexual assault.  We firstly work to enhance safety and provide awareness so that date rape, rape and domestic violence will not occur. Then we aim to provide justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by the network of local programs available everywhere. To learn more about what we do, visit our website at www.lovingheartfoundationaustralia.org

You can make a difference for teens and adults in your community if you practice the things you learn from our site by speaking out against violence and by reporting any abuse, harassment, disrespect or date rapes that you see or experience yourself. Start by educating yourself and your community by listening to or reading the information that you find on our website. Then share the information with friends, family, teachers, coaches, mentors and community members so that they too can speak out against all forms of violence and abuse.

Don’t be a passive bystander. Get involved by promoting public awareness activities to highlight the issue within your schools, workplaces and community. Your active involvement in reaching and teaching women of all ages, from children to teens to adults, is a critical first step to ending the violence!

For Teens and Young Adult Women:

Dating violence, like domestic violence, is a pattern of controlling and abusive behaviours. Perpetrated by one man or woman over another within a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse. Plus, it can occur in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. It knows no boundaries and crosses all lines of race, socio-economic status, etc. It CAN happen to ANYONE.

If you are a teen or young adult who has experienced dating or sexual abuse, please seek advice. Or, you may want to get counseling about it. Lifeline offers a telephone counseling service on 1800 737 732 where you can talk to someone who will listen. He or she can advise you what can be done about the situation.  You may need help from the police and other such officers. Please do not hesitate to call if you feel you need help.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can ring the Domestic Violence Line for help on 1800 656 463