A WORD FROM CATRINE BO’ GRIFFITH, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF LIFE TARGET
At the age of 9, I found my father strangling my mother in their bedroom. From that moment I began thinking I have to find a way to get him to leave. For two years, I came up with one plan after another. For one reason or another, all my plans were aborted. During one of my family’s regular physical altercations, I said to myself: “Enough! I am going to kill him now!” I went straight to the kitchen, took a knife in my hand, fully intending to kill my father. I was then 11 years old.
Today, 41 years after, I do not want my story to stay anonymous any longer. I don’t want anyone else to come as close as I did to committing murder. I want to share my experience of wanting to kill and being stopped seconds before doing so, and the effects it had on my life of making such a decision at that moment until now. And the effect I hope it will have on each of you to embrace your peace and your freedom.
For that, I believe we need to break one of the oldest taboos and speak about the desire to kill. We tend to judge, punish or push people into silence when instead, we should help them find solutions to interrupt feelings such as fear, anger, or revenge.
When the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts occurred (December 14, 2012 when 26 people were killed – 27 including the shooter) a passion stirred within me to take action.
That dreadful event triggered the beginning of an idea that culminated in Life Target by seeing the possibility of creating a service for people who may be contemplating doing harm to another – a safe place to call to get counseling, thus preventing the harm from taking place.
I believe that many people want to be talked out of hurting or killing someone. My goal is to shine a light on this sensitive and taboo subject. It is important that people dealing with these emotions know that they are not alone and should be able to ask for help.
As the president of the non-profit organization Life Target our goal is to create an anonymous hotline where people can receive immediate counseling to interrupt the cycle of violence.
It is to create a new tool to save lives when a person has the intention to hurt or kill another. The tool is the Hotline, giving instant help to a person planning to hurt another.
Life Target Hotline will be a safe place as all calls to the Hotline will be kept confidential and callers can choose to be anonymous.
Life Target’s trained professional operators will provide judgment-free intervention and subsequent counseling if requested.
Note: suicide hotlines exist to help people to prevent their own death; Life Target‘s purpose is to prevent people to kill others.
Life Target will be set up and prepared to provide immediate emergency support to help if anyone has the urge to hurt someone in his/her community, in any situation.
Life Target will be set up to counsel anyone in need of its service, regardless of their age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religion or politics.
I thank you for your support and invite you to participate in Life Target, in any way you can. Help us to make it happen!
Catrine Bo’ Griffith
Founder, Life Target