He gave it to her, he hit her and now she’s selling it to rebuild her life.
Some people hold on to jewellery gifted to them by an ex as a tangible memento of their time together.
But if that ex beat you, threatened you and made every day a living nightmare, what then?
One Victorian woman has come up with a genius idea to rid herself of the memory of her abusive ex.
She is selling a diamond necklace her former partner gave to her and plans to put the profit towards helping other domestic violence sufferers.
The woman – identified only as M – said the 0.05 carat diamond key pendant, worth $249, was in perfect condition and only worn once.
“This necklace is sh*t… I’m sure someone would love a suspended diamond to beat with their own heart beat [or some crap] but apparently not ’cause no-one wants to buy it’!” she says on her gofundme.com page.
“So I’ve come up with a better idea: I’m going to [essentially] give it away. First you’re going to have to listen to my sob story, throw a pity party and then pop your hand in your bag and shuffle through to find your credit card and donate.”
M said she didn’t talk about the domestic violence she suffered at her former partner’s hands, until she discovered the wide range of resources available – a discovery that potentially saved her life.
“You don’t have to be a victim, but my guess is that you know someone who is, and the sad reality is that they’re not talking. Until recently, I was silent also,” she writes.
“The person who gave me this pendant [vom] can’t currently be named or shamed due to pending charges and legal reasons, but this ‘symbol’ of this person’s ‘love’ may contribute to helping another person not ever having to experience such, er, ‘love’.”
M has asked for donations of any amount and says she will use a number generator to work out who will receive the pendant.
She says she will keep half of the $5000 target for legal fees and rebuilding her life, while the rest she will donate to an organisation that supports victims of domestic violence.
“Seriously, while it’s all fun and games now, what you could potentially be doing is saving a life.”
A repurpose with a real purpose.
To donate, go to this page.
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