Surviving and Thriving – Teri Hatcher

by Tanya Monteiro on 03/18/2019

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Teri Hatcher stars in the the Housewife series, I’ve never watched an episode but I know her face.

Teri was sexually abused by her uncle when she was seven years old. She started acting out and her mother’s sixth sense eventually kept her away from her uncle but no one spoke about it. Not a word or a question, just silence.

Fast forward to when Teri is in her 30’s and is in her home town helping her parents pack up their home she reads an article in the newspaper about a teenage girl who had wrapped a towel around her head, to avoid a mess, and shot herself, leaving a note saying Teri’s same uncle had sexually abused her for a long time.

Finally Teri was confronted with the option to stay silent or speak up and help. Thankfully she called the DA who managed to, along with other stories convict her uncle.

Honestly, I don’t know if Teri is thriving today but I do know by telling the truth there’s no doubt she is running out of excuses not to be responsible for her own life. Abuse is often a life long journey of recovery and I can see from this address she made to the United Nations that she’s on the path to Thriving and no doubt, helping others along the way.

“I am simply one of three women who is forced to accept violence as a part of their life story. I am one of three women who for the rest of her life battle the voice in her head that accepts blame for the abuse, a voice that is antithetical to self-esteem, self-worth, and happiness.

This is a statistic that has to change. One in three women can no longer have to face the stigma and fear that prevent them from seeking help. One in three women should NOT feel afraid to come forward and report it, as they so often do because they think they will not be believed or taken seriously. When society shames the victim by asking, ‘Why did you stay?’ or ‘Why didn’t you say something?’ instead of asking, ‘Why did HE abuse her?’ we just continue to foster a society where the abusers continue to abuse. 

“I am one in three, and I will be the one who yells from the rooftops until those numbers change. Until every woman who has faced abuse feels less alone and safe enough to find the courage to have her own voice, until violence against women is no longer a part of any woman’s story, silence will not be a part of mine.”

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