F2 to my Memoir

Silence, secrets and shame are three threads that run through all types of abuse from emotional abuse to domestic violence.

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When I published F1 last Tuesday, I advised to buckle up for F2. I am honoured to know Nancy through the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Empowerement. She is one dynamic entrepreneur and author, one who has indeed made a remarkable victory over voilence and is now imapcting several other women including my modest self.

Domestic Violence and Codes of Silence,By Nancy Salamone (A Former Wallstreet Executive)

Domestic violence is a social disease that carries with it a “culture of silence”. In fact if you Google “culture of silence and domestic violence” you get over 1.7 million returns. Domestic violence is still one of the most under-reported crimes and it is the culture of silence that shames women (and yes even men), into enduring domestic violence.

I know firsthand about the insidious nature of a “culture of silence”. I was brought up in a Sicilian Roman Catholic family in New…

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  1. Hello Lynette!

    I’m writer who recently landed a book deal for my memoir, and I’m a new follower of your blog.

    I’m thrilled to see that you reblogged this post, Lynette! Marie is a wonderful friend of mine; my “Fairy Godmother”! She is an incredible woman and a powerful, passionate writer with so many valuable insights to share with the world.

    I’m so glad I came across “Memoir Notes”, and I look forward to your future postings.

    take care,

    1. Hi Dyane, I’m most pleased to meet you!Thank you so much for following my blog. Reblogging Marie’s post was my pleasure. I see that your blog has a lot of helpful tips for writers. I love reading and sharing writing tips. Following your blog and looking forward to reading your posts. Congratulations on your book deal for your memoir! How cool is that!

      1. I am so honored that you followed my blog, Lynette. Thanks from the bottom of my (sleepy, forgive me!) heart.

        Marie has been incredibly encouraging to me across the miles, both with my writing and my “Women with Mood Disorders” support group. I hope to meet her in person someday.

        Thanks also for your lovely congratulations about my book deal.
        Your blog is a godsend and it’ll continue to help & inspire me in the months to come as I complete the manuscript. I’ll mention your blog in upcoming posts. Thanks again for your tremendous contribution. I wish you a wonderful day!

        take good care,
        Dyane 🙂

  2. Dear Lynette,

    To say I am honoured by your reblog, is an understatement! I am humbled. I am so in awe at how far I have come, and ever so grateful for the ability to share my painful and not so painful memories with others. Indeed, it’s therapeutic for me and my hope is to inspire others in their healing journeys. I hope to be able to guest blog for you someday, and why not have you guest blog on mine too? All the best and thank you once more!

    1. Hi Marie, the honor is all mine. I would love to guest blog on your blog in the future and I would be most pleased if you guest blogged on mine. Memoirs serve a special purpose for hurting souls. No doubt, your memoir will help others in their healing journey. Bless you.

      1. Ok Lynette, let’s work around that then. I could share a thing or two with your audience especially having dared there and written 3. Please I couldn’t find how to contact you by email on your blog. Could you send me an email to info@marieabanga.com? Thanks and stay blessed too

      2. Great! I’ll send my email to your email address.

  3. I salute the courage of all women who are survivors and no longer victim to the secret trauma of the abused. Keep sharing your authentic truths and helping to empower others!

    1. Hey Clara, Thank you so much for the encouragement. Blessings.

  4. I have worked to prosecute domestic violence perpetrators for over 20 years. It takes great courage for survivors to stand up to it, to get out of it. They know that in doing so they are threatening the perpetrator’s grip on power and control, and that violent retaliation is likely. Keep up the fight to hold perpetrators accountable, to provide love and support to survivors, and to change our culture’s attitudes and behaviors toward domestic violence.

    1. Roger, I agree. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and say no more, and then to share their story to give others hope. Your work is commendable too. Keeping the victims safe. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and post words of hope and encouragement.

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