According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, an average of 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. That’s more than 12 million people over the course of a year. It’s ironic that in the same month (October) that domestic violence is observed, horrific travesties like the Tempe father who deliberately drove his entire family into the lake and drowned them occurs.
Domestic violence isn’t a new issue, it doesn’t occur only in October, and people must grow even more aware of the spiraling epidemic throughout the year. Starting the conversation is the most powerful element in healing and saving lives.
Author and survivor Tahirah Ogletree accomplishes this in her newly released Survivor’s Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence coffee table book. Along with an array of powerful, uplifting inspirations from world-renowned leaders, 14 heroic domestic violence survivors share their vivid tear-jerking testimonials, including two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former WNBA All-Star Champion Ruthie Bolten’s untold story.
This book proves that no matter what you might be facing, everyone can heal and move forward with faith, forgiveness, strength and perseverance. It targets not just physical and sexual abuse, but other key factors such as psychological and emotional. The book provides an in-depth look at how perpetrators terrorize and manipulate victims – sometimes to the point of death.
While the book educates on the epidemic of domestic violence, it also gives hope and positive light to its readers through encouragement, self-proclamation, and education on behaviors associated with domestic violence. It also has a list of 24-hour domestic violence hotlines for victims and batterers with highly trained advocates for immediate support and so much more!
After 16 years, Tahirah Ogletree, actress, charismatic leader, and indie filmmaker, broke her silence as a domestic violence survivor by advocating for those struggling to live beyond the power of the fist. Tahirah has dedicated her life to loving others and showing them how to become all that God has intended them to be.
This book is intended as a celebration of beauty that all survivors have within, and in knowing that with God, perseverance and belief in oneself, you can become an unstoppable force of success. It is dedicated to every victim and survivor of domestic violence.
In conjunction with the book release is the debut of Tahirah’s apparel line of T-shirts. “The Power Beyond the Fist” is a collection of 52 inspiring phrases that help domestic violence victims understand they can overcome through faith in God, encouragement and forgiveness, while also sending the message to males that real men don’t hit women. “The Nubian” shirt promotes the message that there is no excuse in settling for a life that’s less than one is capable of living; that there is true purpose in life beyond domestic violence. When worn, these high quality shirts act as strong messages to society, supporting the theory that we can break the silence of domestic violence. Proceeds from the clothing line are donated to the Sojourner Center, one of the largest domestic violence shelters in the United States.
Ogletree’s book and T-shirts are available online at Shop.OTahirah.com and Amazon.com