I must admit, I love checking my We Talk Women email. Here’s a perfect example of why. Meet Kayrond, a spoken word artist who wanted me to feature his piece. I was skeptical at first but after I watched this video, I was nothing but moved and grateful he reached out to me.
In Kayrond’s words, “His Story is a poem of honesty, relief and release that touches on a young child’s experience of domestic violence towards his mother from his father, which drives through his background of what he saw as a child, the way it made him feel and how he reacted. As a child I saw my mother go through so much pain and I never understood why my father used to abuse her, it crushed me inside to see this because I couldn’t do much to stop what was happening.”
The impact of domestic violence on children is not often talked about and I applaud Kayrond’s courage to use his trauma to raise awareness about this important issue.
“The name His Story is from the perspective of a child who witnesses abuse. It brings attention to all the unspoken cases of domestic violence. I wrote this poem to bring awareness to the unheard cases of women being abused, so they can speak up and seek help. If we keep everything in the closet nothing will ever change.”
Spoken Word is a powerful form of art that brings storytelling to life. It often bring raw emotions to surface and I am grateful to Kayrond for sharing His Story with us. “The one message I always want people to take away from my poems is that it’s okay to express how you really feel because when you try to please others but not yourself, you’ll end up hurt and in pain.”
- On average, every six days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
- On any given day, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.
- According to the Department of Justice, each year Canadians collectively spend $7.4 billion to deal with the aftermath of spousal violence. This figure includes immediate costs such as emergency room visits and future costs such as loss of income. It also includes tangible costs such as funerals, and intangible costs such as pain and suffering. *Facts provided by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
We are hosting a documentary screening of Private Violence in honour of this subject on International Women’s Day, March 8th at Innis Town Hall. Stay tuned for ticket information!