Episode 502 - It Doesn’t Start with a Punch - Dee Dee Said
From the Author
“February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and I'm hoping to raise awareness, share the warning signs, and how to help by discussing my journey and how God led me on the road to healing.
As the author of, It Doesn’t Start with a Punch: My Journey through an Abusive Teen Dating Relationship, I share my personal experience to help others understand how easily adolescents can become involved in an abusive relationship, how abuse can start subtly, how to help someone get help and how God healed my deep, emotional wounds.
Teen dating abuse is an important topic we need to bring into the light as awareness can stop the cycle."
Studies show that 1 in 3 young women in the United States will be in an abusive relationship (verbal, emotional, physical, and/or sexual) at some point between the ages of 16 and 24.
Emotional and verbal abuse can be just as damaging as physical and sexual abuse. All forms of abuse have short-term and long-term effects.
Most adults (81% of parents in one study) don’t believe or don’t know if teen dating violence is an issue.
I wrote the book to help parents, teachers and school counselors, abuse victims, and anyone who cares for teens learn:
The protective factors that shield youth from becoming involved with or staying with an abuser
Signs of an unhealthy romantic relationship
Reasons teenagers may stay in one, from peer pressure and shame to the misguided belief that their abusers are going to change
How to help a tween or teenager get out of an unhealthy or abusive relationship”
“I love Advent Hymn (Watching, Waiting, Longing), which gives newness to the phrases of Isaiah. Watching, waiting, and longing is what we do now, and these songs help us do that in confidence. I anticipate that this album will be received as a great gift by many who will find their faith nourished and awakened by it.”
–Walter Brueggemann (Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary)
"I've watched Rick grow as an artist and songwriter for many years. Congratulations brother on an excellent independent release."
-Paul Baloche (Dove Award Winning Songwriter)
"Rick Lee James is a poet and singer. You will not only enjoy listening, you'll be drawn into the source –Jesus."