Do you know there is an
average of 1 in 4 homes dealing with some type of family violence or abuse?
Do you know how to heal from what you were trained to accept and
prevent a repeated cycle happening to your children?
Are you aware
that most crimes of child abuse occur within our homes or are committed by
someone the child is taught to respect?
Do you know how to give your
child the greatest weapon of all to help protect against these crimes?
“I have not always been safe or believed in myself enough to share my voice. In truth, I’ve only been safe about 7 years and only found my voice just 2 years ago. My life was invaded at age 5 when the man my mother chose to marry brutally molested me. What he took that night trapped me in a lifetime of cruelty; he took away MY VOICE. For 12 years I was trained as a slave to my family and the evil of my stepfather. This set a pattern of accepting abuse and violence, which kept me trapped to endure 20 years of Interpersonal Violence, Control, Degradation, and even Attempted Murder. The life I had been so well trained to accept as “Normal”, invaded my children’s lives because of my inability to make Safe Choices. This is the cycle of generational abuse and family violence, which has existed since the beginning of mankind. There has been a struggle of power over another since God created Adam and Eve. It is this need for greater power to intimidate and control those around us, that has led to the development of status in our society. The programming of the powerful Dominant Male, Submissive Female and Non-Existant Rights of our Children has created a home of dysfunction. We can change what has festered silently and destroyed the lives of millions. This is the basis of why I use my voice, my story, my survival to speak against the violent and abusive training of our children each day.” Tricia McKnight
Some see the title of this highly praised novel, "My Justice" and think there be have been some form of legal justice for the crimes against her. In truth, there has never been anyone brought up on charges for the many beatings, attempted murders, and rape against the child or woman who endured decades of brutality. The title is directed at the voice she has finally found within. It is the freedom to speak publicly without fear or shame that is this survivor's justice." Patricia A. McKnight
Tricia is an expert in Child Abuse and Relationship Violence having spent most of her life learning to battle through her days under the threat of molestation, rape, severe battery, and even death. She now reaches out to others who are facing the darkness, bewildered and lost in the confusion of finding who they truly are inside; she provides postive support, coping skills, a mass of informaiton about the destruction of innocence through these attacks. You can read her expertly written story of conquering these nightmares and gaining true freedom in her highly acclaimed and praised novel, "My Justice".
She shares in an interview with Best Selling Author/Child Advocate/Founder of I Care Foundation; Mr. Peter Thomas Senese, exactly how this novel came to life. In the essay of questions, Ms. McKnight enlightens us on this novel's creation. She didn't intend to share it with the world. She didn't believe that sharing her story mattered to anyone. "My Justice" started as a journal of explanation and apology to her children. Tricia felt in the midst of her Third Nervous Breakdown, that her children deserved to know why their lives had been invaded with dysfunction and emotional destruction. Her three children, who were born and lived throughout some twelve years of madness, had been traumatized by what they viewed and experienced in their own lives. It was the brainwashing and programming of their mother that led to the cycle of violence and abuse they were forced to endure. Now she has not only apologized to her children, but has written a novel so well put together it is quoted as a "Blueprint of Abuse and a Road Map to Freedom".
Tricia has been growing more active within her own community. In her small rural Illinois area of Breese, she hosted a Child Abuse Awareness Balloon Release Event on April 1st, 2012. The event gave tribute to the 5 children who die on average each day at the hands of their abuser. At this tribute and awareness event, she stressed the statistics from the 2010 Illinois DCFS Child Abuse Statistics Report, which sadly is just one state in our country; however, even with the continued increase in deaths from abuse within this one state, there is still no politician, hollywood star, or rising sports player who will give their voice publicly to help take a stand against the soul destructive crimes.
"Illinois lost 162 Children to deaths from physical and neglectful abuse. Our average calls for help into the center reflects a child hurt every 4.6 seconds. There were over 9500 reports of Sexual Abuse; a total of over 256000 calls for help into our Children's Services. These numbers continue to climb across the country, still no one in the spotlight chooses to join in the mission to end this evil against those we should love, guide protect."
This was the beginning of her Empowerment Speaking and she has been called on as a guest speaker for the Violence Prevention Center of South Western Illinois, (VPCSWI.org http://www.vpcswi.org/ ) . You'll see a video recorded by KSDK News Channel 5 in St. Louis shared below. Tricia's voice is just one small "mouse" out of the millions who are coming out from the darkness of their own abuse. Through her many Talk Radio shows, as a featured guest or as a Host & Exec. Director, she encourages all of society to take part in the initiative to break the cycle of what has been so commonly accepted as "Normal" within our family and relationships.
These are just a few of the topics to be shared here. Tricia also directs her empowerment speaking engagements to cover the issues of how we can provide a safer environment within our homes and communities. It is only with an entire societal effort that we will be able to change what has been generationally accepted as "Normal" within our homes and relationships. Together we can all learn to be the extended arm of help and provide resources to help victims escape the vicious crimes from those they trust to protect and guide them. By first beginning to recognize these acts as crimes and prosecute them in the manner of law provided when a stranger attacks, we can provide one SAFE environment at a time.
Speaking as guest and honoree at South Western Illinois College, Oct 10, 2012. Violence Prevention Center of SW IL recieves Illnois Health Care Grant for education and community based prevention programs. This was a speech to empower Health Care Students and Professionals on their crucial role to end violence and rescue victims.
Patricia A. McKnight
Finally Living True Freedom
Here are just a few of the SHOCKING STATS from 2011
Calls increased in 2011 -
Reports Called to DCFS= 258,999
Reported Child Abuse = 49,167
Reported Neglect = 78,247
Physical Abuse = 13,878
Sexual Abuse = 9,225
Death Due To Neglect = 158 Death from Abuse = 60
***TOTAL DEATH FROM ABUSE = 218***
OFFENDER STATISTICS IN ILLINOIS...................2011
Sibling Abusers................... 443
Grandparent Abusers....... 536
Stranger Attacks/Abuse... 823
FEMALE ABUSERS............... 8,256***
MALE ABUSERS.................... 5,077***
Sadly these are just the numbers of child abuse from one state, Illinois. You should acquaint yourself with the existing DCFS Reports for your location. Awareness is the Key - Vigilance is the Need!!!
If you would like to connect with Tricia about speaking at your upcoming event; please forward an email to: email@example.com or check out the continuous inspiration she gives on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/triciagirl62 . You will also find writings shared on her growing blog site, http://www.survivorsjustice.com or published in Examiner.com St. Louis Domestic Violence and Abuse.
Her emotional and powerful message will soon be carried across the country as this devoted survivor empowers you with the ability to help others, be vigilant in your community, inspire conversation with friends and family about how to break the cycle of violence and abuse within your home, provide local resources to help those in need and encouage each of us as responsible adults to take charge, get involved to provide a better future for our children and grandhildren. You can learn to be a supporter of a victim and connect with resources in your area.
"It is our responsibility as adults to change what is violent an abusive towards others. Remember, whether it be Sexual Abuse of Child or severe battery of a partner/spouse; abuse is never about the act itself. Abuse and violence is about power over others, its about having that control over another human being. If your partner is degrading you, trying to convince you not to chase that career, to throw away a dream of accomplishment; this is a strategy to keep you down and under their control, as they could never face your succeeding at an education or getting a higher paying stable career; this would put you above them, so instead they attack with fists, weapons, words, sexual control, intimidation; all brainwashing techniques to keep you believing that you don't deserve good and success. Don't allow these words and actions to keep you trapped in their world. Escape and build a better way of life for you and your children, give yourself the respect, happiness, love and safety that is deserved by all in our world." Patricia A. McKnight
If you are in need of assistance in the Illinois counties of Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph - Please contact this amazing and highly dedicated team; Violence Prevention Center Of SouthWestern Illinois, http://www.vpcswi.org
Getting help and getting out is
Tricia wants you to take a look at some shocking facts in her state of Illinois.
" The tragedy is knowing this has not changed since I grew up here and many are still very secretive about discussing this topic. If we don't talk about it then who will? If we don't stand up to create a community based assistance to prevent these crimes, then who will? There is not a magic pill that science can create to change these violences and sexual abuses against our children, our partners; our most precious asset. What I share in these statistics should be alarming to everyone across the globe. How can we leave our children to defend themselves against those intended by God to protect and guide them. Look at these numbers and who the offenders of these crimes truly are. It's not the monster down the street or the pedophile lurking in the night that is our greatest danger. Our most severe danger comes from those who live with us; in our homes, inside the walls built to give us shelter and protection from the elements of the world, this is now THE GREATEST DANGER TO US ALL!!! Please get involved, speak up and report the acts you see, seek help for family, friends, neighbors who are trapped in this madness. It is only with a united effort that we can ever truly expect to make a difference." Patricia A. McKnight
You can read the FIRST FIVE CHAPTERS of "My Justice"
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Check the amazing collection of Five Star Reviews for this incredible true life horror story.
Ms. Darlene Jones, Executive Director; Violence Prevention Center Of South Western Illinois
Stated in a presentation held at South Western Illinois College
"If Tricia's story would have been heard ten years ago, she would be telling it on the "Today Show"!!!
This novel has been read by activist, foundation leaders, therapist trainers, educators, highly praise New York Attorneys
It's heralded by survivors as giving them that ray of hope that they too can make it through and find their own happiness!!!
This novel will shake the moral fortitude of your soul!! You will wonder how anyone could possibly have lived in this hell and survived. This is a must read story for everyone in our society that has contact with children, learn the many silent signs a survivor will carry without ever speaking. Learn how a woman, a mother and her children ever made it through to find true freedom!!!
You will be shocked at the entire community who stood by watching a little girl rot away in the neglect of her mother and the permitted evil attacks of her stepfather. Where was everyone? Why didn't someone do something? Why did no one care enough to reach out a hand and rescue this child from the murder of her soul?
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Masterfully Written by: Patricia A. McKnight
Author/Advocate/Speaker/Blogger/Talk Radio Host/Survivor
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"My Justice" Is Removing The Coal Stained Hand That Held Me Captive In Silence; Finding Freedom In My Voice From The Secrets Of My Past
"If Tricia's story would have been heard ten years ago, she would be telling it on the Today Show"!!! --- Shared by Ms. Darlene Jones, Exec. Director, VPCSWI