While trying to find similar blogs to my own, I came across this poem. “Shelter girl” really gives perspective on the reality of domestic violence.

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Shelter Girl
Falling into the “and then some” category of this blog it never hurts to put this out there as a stark reminder or a source for help…
 ~
The day she came
to the shelter
She was a sight
for sore eyes.
Children in tow
a half-packed bag,
Evidence of having
left in a hurry.
 ~
The first order
of business,
Hugs and comforting,
Then hearing her
story, spilled with
heartbreak and tears.
~
He had unclothed her
with relentless criticism,
Made her bleed,
Inside and out,
But there had been
nothing remarkable
about him or his opinion,
Because he had never cured
any of her so-called
Imperfections.
 ~
Somehow she had found
that one remaining sparkle,
That last glimmer of hope,
Bringing her to this place of
warm hearts and helping hands.
She learned this was not her fault,
That the so-called imperfections
Were all his…
 ~
© 2013…

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One Billion Rising RVA Event Details

One Billion Rising RVA Event Details

Fellow Advocates and Friends,

Since my first blog post, I have been in touch with Susan Singer, one of the organizers. She recently posted detailed information regarding One Billion Rising’s itinerary on February 14 and details about their next planning/organizing meeting tonight, January 28th from 6 – 8pm.

I encourage you to visit her site for more information on this inspiring and motivating event!

Come Together

After spending several days deliberating which “theme” visually represents my social policy topic, I decided to actually start tracking my resources. During my personal time, I am usually on the look out for women’s issues in the media. I subscribe to a variety of feminist news sources from Jezebel to Rachel Maddow to UniteWomen.org, so the effort wasn’t too great. However, now I’m looking for articles and research focusing on violence against women from a policy advocate perspective, rather than for my own general knowledge. 

The most interesting and pertinent resource that I have found so far is actually an event, more specifically: a rising.

One of my professors mentioned “One Billion Rising” in class as a volunteer opportunity. I wasn’t sure what she was talking about, other than that it was about domestic violence. So I looked it up and found out the details…

Background:

The purpose of this event is to bring people together and stand in solidarity against abuse and violence. Started by Eve Ensler, the meaning behind One Billion Rising is that one out of every three women in the world will experience abuse in some form at some point in her life. That’s about one billion women. And that’s completely crazy to think about, considering that one abused woman is too many, in my opinion.

Just think about it. Out of all the women you know, there’s a possibility that 33% of them have or will experience rape, sexual assault, or physical abuse. You could even be included in that statistic, or your mother, or your daughter, or your sister, or your best friend, or that slow cashier at Walgreens this morning, or your professor, or that girl who messed up your dinner order last weekend.

Phew. I don’t know about you, but that’s really hard for me to process.

Okay, anyways.

One Billion Rising’s slogan is “Strike, Rise, Dance!” So basically, they are asking everyone to join with their local community, stop what they’re doing on Valentine’s Day, come together, and dance against domestic violence.

Watch this video to get a better idea of the focus: (TRIGGER WARNING* and possibly NSFW*)

When: February 14, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Richmond Coliseum, 601 East Leigh Street Richmond, VA
RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/314631378635805/

For updates, checkout the RVA page: https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingRva
And the parent page: http://www.onebillionrising.org

Also, if anyone reading this plans to attend the event, please let me know! I want to go, but don’t know anyone who is going yet! And it’s always more fun to advocate among friends. 🙂

*Trigger Warning means that the content in the YouTube video may cause strong emotions or upset you in some way.
*NSFW means Not Safe For Work. I said “possibly NSFW” because the video shows simulations of rape and abuse against women. The video has a great meaning; however, it might not be appropriate to view from work or in public.