Sometimes it takes becoming a parent to feel strongly enough to use your voice regarding certain things. This was precisely the case with tennis star and athletic phenomenon Serena Williams. Recently, she has expressed that becoming a mother to 9-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia has opened her eyes to many things.
The athlete has decided to lend her voice to the fight against domestic violence by joining forces with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse.
Williams explains that it’s imperative she uses her voice in situations like these because so many women who are in these situations are unable to use their voices.
The foundation helps women who feel stuck in domestic abuse situations because of financial reasons.
So many women don’t leave their abusers because he is the breadwinner or the source of the majority of the income.
This can be absolutely devastating and crippling to a woman who feels like she has nowhere to turn because she can’t afford to financially support herself right away without her husband’s income.
1 in 4 women will be in an abusive relationship sometime over the course of their life.
This reality struck a chord in Williams as she realized that her daughter could potentially be a part of such a stat.
She hopes that such distress and trauma won’t ever affect her child but the numbers are not comforting.
Williams was also compelled to join the Purple Purse initiatives because of how little she knows about the subject personally.
She notes that people don’t like to talk about domestic abuse and violence and for that reason, she wasn’t familiar with the topic.
But the stats mean that it is impacting people that she loves and even works with on a real and dangerous level.
Williams explained that based on what she’s learned from survivors, if you let it go at the first signs of abuse, it will only get worse and worse.