My mouth dropped wide open when I read that Juanita Bynum was assaulted by her husband who’s a minister. I’m not sure if this is the first time or if this has happened time and time again, but you never know what a person is going through. She’s been there for so many women. Her books and her tapes have uplifted me and my heart goes out to her.
Some might ask, if it was domestic abuse, why did she let it go on? Well, it looks like she was estranged from her husband at the time of the incident that’s being reported and for good reason. Abuse wrecks havoc on a persons psyche. Imagine being an advocate for women everywhere and then you end up in a abusive relationship. The first thing I could imagine is disbelief. I would think I was dreaming and saying to myself, “I know this isn’t happening to me.” When reality hits, I can imagine planning my next step, asking myself, “how can I get out of this?” Sadly, I would have to say that “shame” may be another reason why it may have been hidden for so long. I can imagine him taunting her not to report it because of her statue in the community. It upsets me to think about it.
When it comes to abuse, whether verbal or physical, signs are there. Its best not to ignore the signs and to put a stop to it when you first notice it. We have to stop excusing bad behaviour.
ATLANTA – Police said Juanita Bynum, a televangelist who has won a national following with sermons about women’s empowerment, was assaulted by her preacher husband in the parking lot of an Atlanta hotel early Wednesday. To read the entire article, click here.
To learn more about the problem of domestic abuse, go to: http://www.ndvh.org/educate/what_is_dv.html