May is the month where it’s all about Mum’s.
With Mother’s Day this weekend I wanted to pay homage to Mum’s that inspire me and others around the globe to keep doing whatever we’re doing, become a Mum or are just super cool.
Off the top of my head a few obvious choices came to mind like the late Princess Diana or celeb Angelina Jolie. I was even reminded of the fabulous mothering skills of Lucille Bluth, but she inspires us for different reasons than I was going for, right?
There are so many inspiring people, who are mother’s, who have an amazing story but trawling through this Mum is one who really stood out for me and I’m sure will stand out for you too.
Rosie Batty, a mother, a victim, an inspiration.
You may have heard of Rosie, or Rosie’s story. Rosie raises her voice for awareness of the behind-closed-doors family violence issue we have in Australia. With around 1 in 3 women in Australia to suffer from domestic violence in their lives and 1 in 4 children, it’s a serious issue.
In 2014, Rosie’s son Luke Batty was murdered by his father Greg Anderson not long after they finished playing a game of cricket. A tragedy that would rock anyone who has read her story.
“If Luke hadn’t died in such an extreme way, I’d just be one of those ‘family violence’ people no one listens to.”
– Rosie Batty
Rosie fell pregnant in her late 30’s during a brief relationship with her work colleague Greg Anderson. They stayed together for a bit, and from what I’ve read he was an oddball. Aggressive in his behaviour and she had her own way on how to deal with him.
Like most mothers, of course Rosie wanted her son to grow up knowing his father so she kept in touch at an arms length and allowed her son to have a relationship with Greg. Like I mentioned she had her own way to deal with him, and she never doubted Greg’s love for their son.
The odd behaviour progressively got worse. She eventually filed a court order to restrict Greg’s access to their son to visiting only in public areas. This was filed after an incident where Greg told his son he wanted to move onto another life.
On returning from a holiday, Rosie found out that Greg had multiple arrest warrants out by Police. She was not told why, nor given any information about the situation due to privacy obligations by the Police.
The 11 year old boy was murdered by his father.
And Rosie later found out that the arrest warrants included allegations involving child pornography.
This is obviously a very brief summary of Rosie’s experience. You can read Rosie’s full story in this book A Mother’s Story which was published in 2015, the full story told by Rosie and Bryce Corbett.
Rosie now gives a voice to the thousands of families across Australia who are victims of domestic violence and was named Australian of the Year 2015 for her efforts.
Never Alone is a campaign ran by Luke Batty Foundation raises awareness and funds to support families in crisis and improve the justice and judicial system of how these cases are handled. Rosie started the Luke Batty Foundation so her son Luke did not die in vain.
It’s women, mothers, like Rosie that show us the power of love between a mother and their child.
Image Credit: Luke Batty Foundation