Standing True and Addressing Abuse

Around 10 years ago I witnessed a man being brutally beaten in the street. I was in my mid 20’s at the time on my first ever overseas adventure and this was far from what I was expecting to see on the streets of London.

The most shocking thing about what I witnessed was the fact that the gang responsible for the beating was comprised of children no older than 14 years of age. I later found out that these children had been terrorising the neighborhood for months. They chose a new victim each night and knew they could get away with their crimes as they were too young to be arrested.

I was inside a fish and chip shop at the time and feeling extremely alarmed that nobody seemed to so much as raise an eyebrow as the scene played on outside the glass window. We watched in absolute horror as this group of children knocked a man off his feet and brutally bashed him within seconds. When the ringleader began repeatedly kicking this man in the head I could not take it anymore and without a thought I stepped outside and placed myself between the ringleader’s blows and the man on the ground.

I am a very petite woman, not even 5 foot tall and most of the members of this gang were much bigger than I am, yet it was no surprise to me that the ringleader ceased his kicking the moment I met his gaze. Within moments it was all over: I helped the bloodied gentleman collect his now ruined dinner from the pavement and assisted him to his feet. When I asked the owner of the fish and chip shop why he would not call the police, he simply shrugged and said there was no point, before continuing his work with sadness in his eyes.

The incident I describe took place a not so good 4 years before I discovered the incredible support offered by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and my commitment to standing up for what is true is now stronger than ever.

This incident that occurred in London all those years ago, and long before I came to Universal Medicine, illustrates that I have never been someone to go along with the crowd, and although I know a woman by the name of Esther Rockett would have the world believe that because I attend Universal Medicine events that I am a ‘brainwashed follower’, nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact I have always been described as feisty and outspoken. My experience in London showed me that things get very nasty for everyone when people do nothing.

Ten years ago when I was able to intervene and stop a man being bashed, I was left without doubt that the young man I confronted was grateful to be stopped. A friend from my hostel expressed awe at my ‘bravery’ after witnessing what I had done, however I explained that I did not feel brave at all as I knew without a doubt that I would not be harmed as my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth. Each and every one of us is powerful beyond measure when we stand up for what is true and refuse to be silent in the face of harm and abuse.

My most memorable travel experience was far from what I expected it to be and yet it taught me much about the world and the power of simply standing up for what is true without reaction.

I am incredibly grateful to the Benhayon family and Universal Medicine for all they have presented, not just on stage but through their every interaction and every move. Serge Benhayon has allowed me to see that I have always been a powerhouse and Natalie Benhayon has shown me what it is to live as a powerhouse in each and every moment. They are both a great inspiration to thousands of people, and their presentations have allowed me to understand that true power comes from a livingness and a commitment to choosing love and evolution in each and every moment.

By Leonne Sharkey, Melbourne, Australia

Related Reading:
~ Harmed by Esther Rockett & Lance Martin’s lies about Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. We speak up!
~ Standing by the Truth of Universal Medicine: calling Abuse & Bias to Account
~ Truth – Expressing in Full
~ Learning from History: Speaking Up Against the Attacks on Serge Benhayon & Universal Medicine

602 thoughts on “Standing True and Addressing Abuse

  1. It is just gorgeous that you knew without a doubt that you would not be harmed doing what you did for you moved not in reaction but in standing up to truth. This is deeply inspirational and a testament to what we are capable of.

  2. It is absolutely true Leonie that when people do nothing, witnessing any form of abuse, adds significantly to the culture of abuse that permeates our society; turning a blind eye magnifies the harm. Behaviour unchallenged is behaviour encouraged is such a truism. Thank you for inspiring us to call out abuse.

  3. You might be only “a very petite woman, not even 5 foot tall” Leonne, but you are definitely hugely power-full as the ‘bullies’ got to feel. This is an amazing example of how situations can be stopped or changed when you come from a response and not a reaction; reactions only fuel the fire whereas a response offers an opportunity for healing.

  4. Most people in London are scared to stand up to violence in the way you did. The advice is often not to get involved because you are likely to be killed. What stands out here is your absoluteness, and how powerful this was in being able to halt what was going on. Waver or hesitate and you become a victim. Stand strong with absoluteness and it’s a totally different story.

    1. Yes because so many stand by and do nothing we have the world we have today which we don’t like but know we have contributed to…

  5. “things get very nasty for everyone when people do nothing” – so true Leonne, they do indeed. And for everyone, not just the ones that are nearby. Everything effects us all.

  6. There is nothing like the wakeup call of someone who stands in truth with no judgement and no reaction, but in the absolute love and the depth of wisdom that the moment requires. In that moment we are not focused on ourself or any one person, but the significance of the whole, and the energy of God and the Universe can speak through us. Thank you for sharing such a truly inspiring story.

  7. What a beautiful and inspiring story, showing us all what is true and what it brings when we stand up for it.

  8. We all know truth, and it is only empowering when we stand up for it, knowing that it does pay us back in a most beautiful way – it is confirming of who we are and what we know. Trusting this is most important.

  9. A great reminder that we set the parameters around abuse no matter how big or small it may seem. I am reminded also that I let seemingly ‘small’ abuses slide a lot when they are just as damaging as more confronting incidents.

  10. If we are not standing up for truth – then we are simply laying down and giving permission to everything that is not.

  11. Great blog Leonne, it just shows that it isn’t about our size or stature that represents whether we can stand up for truth or not, it is in our integrity, our responsibility, how we live, that makes the choices as to whether we stand up for truth.

  12. Wow Leonne that is awesome, what an inspiration for all those checked out people who stood by and did not do a thing. That you are so tiny in stature makes it even more exposing for the others who did nothing in the face of such abusive brutality. Wonder Woman of the year award goes to Leonne!!

  13. Standing true and standing up for what you feel is right is what we all could do a lot more of Leonne. You didn’t stand down because of your size, you knew what was true and you stood your ground, bravo.

  14. Thank you Leonne – that is absolute simple truth. When you stand in and for what is true , it is deeply felt, and the energy is broken. Hence , there is a call for a stop given, and so we can either stop and so embrace that stop or refuse to listen to it and increase the force through you that allows the anger to increase and so reaction contious more stronger so. It is our choice in that split second that makes a difference.

  15. The degrees of abuse that we continue to accept and allow in our lives is what allows the likes of cyber abuse, self-harm, domestic violence and the war like behaviours we see on our streets continue to worsen and effect more and more people in our communities both locally and globally. Standing up for truth and speaking out about what does not feel true is where we need to begin if we want to ever see the lovelessness we allow, witness and experience on a daily basis to be thwarted, as such paving the way forth with the fundamental right of every human being as a part of humanity, to live with truth and love in our lives. And it begins with the degree in which we choose to stand for truth in our every day lives we currently live.

    1. Very well said Carola, yes it comes back to personal responsibility in our daily lives and personal relationships, every choice matters in addressing the whole…

  16. Our character shines through in the difficult times, and at those times (and all times) when we are willing to stand up, the whole world gets a blessing.

  17. When abuse is on the go by young people, we can either individualise the problem to them or we can ask the question: what is the fact that teenagers can abuse others and feel they can get away for free reflecting? The first approach is great to deter these abusers. The second one is where we need to go to deter abuse.

  18. When we get ourselves out of the way and make it about humanity, living with a true purpose in life our movements are configured in a way that expresses the power of God and there is absolutely nothing that gets in the way.

  19. To be able to stand up for what is true without reaction is really something extraordinary to witness. And when humanity does it stops them dead in their tracks. I see it every now and then when I clip circulated on social media. But see the Benhayon family in action is to see a commitment to live like this on a daily basis. What an incredible choice to show humanity that this is possible.

  20. We can step in every now and then and address abuse but then go into comfort (‘I’ve done my part now it’s someone else’s turn’)…but what are we allowing in between these moments?

  21. Look into the eyes of evil with the truth that you know and will not yield away from, and evil turns in on itself. It has nowhere to go when it is met with the gaze that sees right through the lies and the abuse and calls it out for what it is.

  22. One of the many great things about this story is that despite the sadness in the shop owner’s eyes he at least witnessed a different way – and a different outcome to that which would have taken place had you not intervened. It might not have resulted in jail time for the young offenders, but the violence was halted and true power was demonstrated. Now that’s powerful.

  23. Knowing you Leonne and knowing your size, this is a beautiful example of the power we wield when we stand for truth.

  24. It is very telling of the world we live in when we are impressed in any way by acts that are actually normal, yet not normal so they stand out as ‘highlights’…

  25. ‘Each and every one of us is powerful beyond measure when we stand up for what is true and refuse to be silent in the face of harm and abuse.’ This is so true and there are many ways to stop abuse other than physically intervening if we feel it is safe for us and we will absolutely not be harmed.

  26. “I knew without a doubt that I would not be harmed as my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth.” I’m feeling the power of you and the power of truth.

  27. Thank you Leonne, that is very inspirational. As you said, we always win (in truth) when we stand for truth and choose to be free from reaction. This is the moment or present when people will jaw drop simply because we have a world full of reaction (creation and creation all over again, repitition) and once there is no reaction but a stand for truth this once so called narrow box becomes space. This is what truth does, it makes evil stand on its head.

  28. Amazing to read this and see the power we bring when we get ourselves and our own self-created fears out of the way and just respond to what is needed. Thank you for sharing your example, Leonne.

  29. “…as I knew without a doubt that I would not be harmed as my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth.”

    This is a great truth that we each need to listen to very astutely. It is all too easy to look out at the ‘mess’ of the world and the abuse that we allow to run rampant by virtue of our complacency feeling like we are powerless. Yet it is this reaction that gives such abuse the force required to play out, instead of simply responding with what is needed in each moment. This is an awesome example Leonne of how to remain true to ourselves and thus every other we share this space with. You have shown us how a true superhero moves – absolutely, delicately, tenderly and powerfully.

  30. Whether the abuse is Either physical or psychological or verbal or through IT… it matters not, abuse is endemic in this world, as we prop each other up on the hurts that disempower us all until… Until we choose to make a stand both within and without

  31. The abuse we allow in our streets is amazingly harmful, not only for the victim and the perpetrator but also for all people living in the streets which actually we all are. So the question comes to me when are we ready to stop this and ban the violent acts out of our societies and our own lives, when is is the point enough is enough reached? To me it feels now that that what was enough yesterday is superseded by a more violent act today, so again when is the point that enough is truly enough and will we make all efforts to stop the internal and external abuse for once and for all?

  32. ‘Each and every one of us is powerful beyond measure when we stand up for what is true and refuse to be silent in the face of harm and abuse.’ Very true Leonne and I love what you share here for the way you responded to the abuse you saw, this is so needed in a world where many prefer to turn a blind eye to abusive behaviour but to stand up and say a very clear ‘no’ to abuse as you did confirms to others that abuse and violence is not ok in any way, shape or form in our society.

  33. It is easy to go into inaction out of fear of being attacked however my experience has been that whenever I have stood up for truth and love without reaction I have felt a powerful level of support with me whatever has happened next.

  34. “My experience in London showed me that things get very nasty for everyone when people do nothing.” It is the silent majority that allow things that clearly are not right or true to continue and then interestingly enough it will always be the silent majority that then complain about how things are in the world. We have created the world we are living in and it is up to us to change ourselves and what we allow and then the world will change.

  35. This man will never forget the petite woman who was willing to express in front of those men until they left…for otherwise whilst he might have felt hurt from those who were beating him he likely would have been far more hurt from all those who looked on and did nothing.

    1. Brendan thank you for your comment, this is very true, when I look back at my own life I can feel the hurt of those that looked on and did nothing whilst I experienced abuse. Likewise, I am now acutely aware of situations that I have been in and not responded to and how this is also very hurtful to feel.

  36. Leonne, you are indeed an amazing woman. I have been thinking about this story this week and without actually trying to I came across your blog again, I had wanted to find it but could not remember the title. I appreciate this little moments of magic that constellate things so perfectly. You have very much inspired me to stand up in the truth and to understand how the way we get hurt is actually to not be with the truth. To not honour the truth is in no way to “protect ourselves” no matter the situation because to separate ourselves from the truth, which is a part of our essence and being, is deeply harmful. Thank you.

  37. ‘…as I knew without a doubt that I would not be harmed as my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth.’ With you responding and not reacting you came from absolute equality with everyone and this has been felt and is the inspiration you offer to us all.

  38. Abuse only exists because we allow it, it does not have any power of its own accord only what we give it.

  39. Choosing love and evolution in every moment is certainly the key Leonie. I love the way you chose love and evolution when you stood up to those young boys; great learning for us all.

  40. Abuse never occurs in isolation, that is, to continue it always needs the silent support of the many around who look on and do nothing. Until of course, someone does step in and express enough is enough…

  41. Saying no to abuse is our responsibility we hold for ourselves and others, the world has become complacent to that which is against our true nature and it is up to us to re-imprint all our relationships with the love and respect we all deserve.

  42. It may seem so difficult to step up in a situation like that, but it is very easy when we are aligned to truth, we just have to honour it and bring order where there isn’t. Great example you offered then and offer now with your testimonial Leonne.

  43. ‘Each and every one of us is powerful beyond measure when we stand up for what is true and refuse to be silent in the face of harm and abuse.’ You just followed what you felt in your body and did not go into your mind to let in self doubt. In that instant you made it about all of us, humanity and this is very inspiring to read as I have seen how petite you are.

  44. When we do nothing what do we allow to go unquestioned? This builds up a sway of bullying and abuse goes without challenge, we see every where in daily life. We are all so much more powerful when we stand with what is true, no over thinking, no bravery, rationalising or justifying, feel the truth speak it walk it and we are naturally powerful.

  45. It is so amazing to read that it was no surprise to you that the ringleader stopped kicking and that you knew without a doubt that you would not be harmed. To me this is incredible – to be able to hold the obvious perpetrator in the very moment of their action of abuse as our equal who would recognise the truth. You also say “I was left without doubt that the young man I confronted was grateful to be stopped” – I have to say this is not a kind of thinking I am used to having myself. Such deep knowing that our true essence is love, and to not be that love is agony and no matter how abhorrent and contradictory our behaviour might be, there is an underlining deep yearning to return to who we truly are, and that this is true for everyone with no exception.

  46. What I am getting from this is that saying no to abuse is about presenting the truth of what we truly are, and it is not about stopping the abuser or protecting the abused and being a hero. Sure, that would happen as the result of bringing truth, but I can feel how it is the judgment we hold against the abuser that would allow abuse to continue and often further aggravate their behaviour. I have not yet embodied this posture of separating the behaviour and the person and saying absolutely no to the abuse while holding the abuser as my absolute equal and still holding them in love, and it is no different to finding it hard to call out the abusive behaviour when it was done by friends.

  47. I feel we all have an innate instinct to protect others. When we second-guess ourselves, the doubt and hesitation can lead to us being bystanders. Speaking up when the abuse is verbal is also very important, and is something I am no longer letting myself turn a blind eye to.

  48. It is interesting that you say you knew for sure that the young man administering the kicks to the man’s head was thankful you stopped him. He clearly knew, when met by truth, that this extreme and abusive behaviour was not him. The effect your stand for truth had on that young man, whether he chose to recognise or admit it, will have had a deep and lasting effect that he can become to know himself by.

  49. So many of us do nothing…I know I have at times, kept my mouth shut and it has hurt me, as much as it has others, in school, in work, in families, it happens every day. That physical pain of not speaking out has become unbearable and I know now that it needs to occur, we are here to support everyone, these pictures of them and us are just that, we are all us.

  50. Wow Leonne, I saw a man getting the very same treatment as you have mention in the back streets of St Kilda, inner Melbourne. I stood up to him and told him to stop and that I was calling the police and he said while he still kicking the guy in the head for me to go right ahead as the police hated this man as much as he did. I was far from being non reactive as I had never witnessed anything so violent before. The man somehow escaped and ran off; perhaps because of my outcry I am not sure as a crowd had gathered by then but interesting enough I was the only one voicing anything as everyone around me were standing there stunned like rabbits in the headlights. I was somewhat hysterical I might add screaming at the guy to stop. The man was later found dead in a doorway. I also was the one that would give attend to someone who had dropped on the street from a drug overdose while others stunned by the scene would stand by in shock so I agreed this is not a ‘one of the crowd’ kind of thing to do and it was all well before Universal Medicine. This is a great statement even if there is still some reaction . . . .”Each and every one of us is powerful beyond measure when we stand up for what is true and refuse to be silent in the face of harm and abuse.”

  51. ‘my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth.’ It’s amazing how true this statement is even in the most horrible circumstances.

  52. I know myself, and I look to humanity and see that equal amazingness – but then have a reality check when the nature of how we behave to one another is revealed. It doesn’t make sense that one moment we can be still, steady and okay, and then the next be rocked or feeling emotions which make us think and act in certain ways – which become harming. It’s clear that the energy of abuse starts with exactly that, energy first and then the physical act of that already abusive torrent.

  53. “My experience in London showed me that things get very nasty for everyone when people do nothing.” So true Leonne. As the great UK parliamentarian Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

  54. It is important we all say no to abuse in whatever form it presents, otherwise we are in effect condoning it.

  55. This is such an inspiration Leonne. Reactions perpetuate more of the same abusive energy and even violence and response to truth opens up a spaciousness that can be felt and the opportunity is there for an abusive situation to be rendered naught without a word said. “I knew without a doubt that I would not be harmed as my actions were not in reaction but in response to truth”.

  56. Even on the days when life throws you a curve ball, the potential to evolve is present if only we are willing to put the drama of life to one side, and observe what is on offer.

    1. The more I build a connection to my body, just by feeling my feet on the ground, and the more I commit to taking deeper care of myself, the more I feel steady and sure-footed, and my experience of life becomes less dramatic. Even though there may be dramatic things happening in my life, it’s my choice to meet that external drama with the same level of intensity and tension, or stillness and steadiness.

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