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We know that sometimes, the right words are hard to find.
With that thought in mind, in 2003 Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance began our Library Campaign. That year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month we donated books and materials about abuse to every library in Penobscot County. A year later, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence picked up the initiative and it became a statewide effort.
Today, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance’s Knowledge Empowers Campaign is thriving. Our goal is to make information, outreach materials, and resources accessible to every child, teen and adult in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. Recognizing the pervasive nature of the problem and the widespread need for information, we donate books that appeal to many different audiences–including children, teens, and adults–and that cover many different topics.
Throughout October, participating public, private, and school libraries display the selected books and materials. Look for the 2013 books this October, or check your local library’s catalog for previous years’ donations.
Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other’s differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
The Teen book selection is From Deep Within by Joy Linhart.
Violence and abuse in teen dating is more common than we want to think… In my heart I believed that I wasn’t good enough for anyone else and that I couldn’t get anyone else who would put up with me. So, I accepted the relationship and all of the consequences that it brought. I even protected him and stuck with him because I thought that I was the cause of everything. Feeling at fault became a normal feeling for me and I blamed everything that went wrong in the relationship on myself. No matter how bad I could have been, there is absolutely no excuse for mental and physical abuse. The fear that my boyfriend created stopped me from getting help and stopped me from confiding in others. This is an important story for every teen and everyone with a teen in their life, and the book not only warns but offers help. We are grateful to Danielle Joy Linhart for writing her story so other young girls may avoid such abuse.
The Adult book selection is Beyond the Sacred Vows by Brooklyn Oliver.
Will he hurt the kids? Can I ever trust him again? Will this abuse ever stop?
These are just some of the questions that mothers deal with when they are living with an abusive husband. Brooklyn’s story will walk you through her battle with abuse and the freedom she discovered through divorce. Her message resonates clearly: God has always cared for His people more than He cared for the “rules.” He doesn’t desire divorce, but if a woman is being abused, He provides a way out. If a man chooses to abuse his wife, God does not prohibit her from getting help, and if necessary, getting out of that marriage. God’s goodness allows His people to make tough decisions aided by His counsel and might.