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Abused Women: Rights

February 26, 2013 in Gender Violence, uncategorized

Extract: Breaking The Silence
SECTION TWO
1. CHAPTER ONE:

1. MY RIGHTS AS A BATTERED WOMAN
Understanding and respecting our rights is fundamental. If we don’t understand and respect the basic rights of the women we want to help, we risk creating an abusive dynamic similar to the ones from which they are trying to flee. We must always remember our rights.
1. I have the right to not be abused
2. I have the right to be angry about the abuse I have suffered
3. I have the right to choose to change my situation
4. I have the right to feel liberated from my fears of further abuse
5. I have the right to ask for and get help from police and other social agencies
6. I have the right to share my feelings and not be isolated from others
7. I have the right to want a better father figure for my children
8. I have the right to be treated as an adult
9. I have the right to leave abusive situations
10. I have the right to my privacy
11. I have the right to express my thoughts and feelings
12. I have the right to share my thoughts and feelings and know they are kept
confidential
13. I have the right to develop my talents and skills
14. I have the right to turn to legal institutions to be free of my abuser
15. I have the right to not be perfect
16. I have the right to be in control of my own finances
17. I have the right to decide what happens with my body at every moment
18. I have the right to not be sexually abused
19. I have the right to control all aspects of my life

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