Per­for­mance is ded­i­cated to the vic­tims of fam­ily abuse

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

GROW­ING up, Ariana Roberts came to know the pain of see­ing some­one she loves be­come a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

At Thurs­day’s gath­er­ing of pas­sion­ate res­i­dents call­ing for an end to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in Daw­son Mall, she per­formed a touch­ing song with her son Josiah.

The orig­i­nal song ti­tled We Hon­our You was a ded­i­ca­tion to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Ms Roberts, who bat­tled through the flu to per­form, said the song was only writ­ten two days be­fore the event.

Speak­ing to the crowd ahead of the per­for­mance, she spoke of see­ing her mum beaten at the hands of some­one she loved and, as a child, hav­ing to clean up bro­ken glass.

“That’s enough,” Ms Roberts said.

“As we unite and stand to­gether, I pray we won’t just be aware of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence but that we will be con­nected to­gether to say enough is enough.”

Her in­tro­duc­tion was echoed in her song, with lines such as “... it’s eas­ier to look the other way but now we need to be the one ... the an­swer is you and me”.

“Now is the time, now is the place, to­gether we rise with courage we face ... to­gether as one,” she sang.

For sup­port for your­self or a loved one, call The Wash House on 9677 1962.

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