Rosie Batty

With Australia Day fast approaching I thought it was timely to introduce the Australian of the year for 2015, Rosie Batty. I remember watching the news footage as it all unfolded and being shocked by the violence being so public. She tells her story and asks for support at Never Alone.

“When a grieving mother spoke out calmly just hours after her son’s murder, she gave voice to many thousands of victims of domestic violence who had until then remained unheard.  Rosie Batty has risen above her personal tragedy and the great loss of her 11 year old son, Luke, who was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in a very public assault.  Rosie’s story jolted Australia into recognising that family violence can happen to anyone.  Victorian Police Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay, praising Rosie as the most “remarkable victim” he has ever met, says Rosie has put domestic violence on the national agenda.  Rosie now champions efforts to fight domestic violence, making many media and public speaking appearances to shine a spotlight on the issue and call for systemic changes.  Rosie’s incredible strength and selfless efforts are an inspiration to many other victims of domestic violence and her courage and willingness to speak out will make Australia a far better place.”

 http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll/?view=fullView&recipientID=1179

There is so much hope to be found in people such as Rosie Batty, she could easily have sunk so low into grief that she was never seen again, but it appears as if her Spirit within gave her the courage to move beyond her own circumstance and envisage a world where this no longer happens, where there is respect for all people. Where no-one feels ownership of another, where every life is valued and honored.

Speaking out about Domestic violence, of all types and creating a world where it is not accepted is important. This change is possible and will make a difference to how the world shifts and changes. Thank-you to Rosie Batty for being the person she is, and for all that she has done and will do to create that change here in Australia.

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About R Congues

I am a parent of two children, one who has experienced severe anxiety that became disabling in all aspects of their life. I am a teacher of Maths, Science and Religious Education with a Masters in Special Needs Education; I am a qualified Reiki master, with a love of art and creative experience. I am not a professional in the fields of psychology or medicine. (If you are interested in these perspectives there are many internet sites to use.)This blog is not about recommending medications or specific treatments.
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2 Responses to Rosie Batty

  1. maggies90 says:

    I am currently reading her autobiography. I can only read bits at a time and not necessarily chronologically. She really is an amazing person; she seems so grounded with her grief. I sometimes wonder why ‘her’ when there are so many others who have been speaking out against domestic violence for years? Like the picture of the little boy lying dead on the beach, her story and her way of dealing with the consequences finally hit a chord that touched the souls of many – breaking through the guards people had up in their lives. I was slightly skeptical when I purchased the book but here is an ordinary woman dealing with an extraordinary crisis empowered to give in a way she never expected that she could give. I think here is a woman who knows what it is to love – warts and all.

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    • R Congues says:

      Thanks Maggies, Yes,she has been tested to extremes and still clearly communicates the energy of Love. A truly amazing person and I am so glad she was selected and honored as Australian of the Year. A glimpse of the truly wonderful people who exist and touch and change our lives.

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