By MARIE LOUISE
On the 27th of April, Marie Louise flew on a route from Wollongong NSW, Australia, through outback Australia, through Northern Territory and over to and around Western Australia, down to South Australia — to be a voice to lift the silence on abuse. She was flying in a Van RV6 to help raise awareness for White Ribbon and Bravehearts, two incredible organisations facilitating grassroots prevention, education and action against abuse.
This is her story…
What an epic adventure, where my personal passions were integrated with purpose to take to the skies in this little aircraft, so beautifully titled the ‘Phoenix’. This project is with full intention support the work of ‘Bravehearts’ and ‘White Ribbon.’ It all started with an invitation to co pilot across Australia, circumnavigating the West Coast makes its way over the Great Australian Bite, to cross a couple of deserts to return 10000km later back at the east. My friend Bill didn’t really know what he invited into his flying Phoenix, but the great phantom of the project, did everything he could for its success.
I am passionate about lifting the silence of abuse so we can take action and come up with creative solutions for the chaos that exists in society today. Highlighting the existence of organizations like Bravehearts and White Ribbon, is an integral part of contributing to global change in a topic, which for centuries, been so oppressed. One in three will experience abuse and one in five is sexual abuse. This figure blows my mind and I was left with the question of, “How can I help?”Throughout my life I had experienced self-shame, guilt and silent self sabotage, this internal prison were conditionings, fears and beliefs about myself, from my own experiences of child sexual abuse and being raped as a teen. In every space in my life I was exposed to the atomic bomb that sat within. To find full expression, liberation and freedom through voice, action and internal peace, has transformed how I see and experience the world beyond those times that stripped me of self worth and dignity. To find my voice inspires me to feed that ripple and support those that still live in such a prison.