Wow… it seems like forever since I’ve managed to get a post in over here. There has been so much going on, I wouldn’t know how to give a complete update… I finished school, yay! I started selling Stampin’ Up!® again, yay! I’m getting more and more involved in the women’s ministry at church, yay! Things are just crazy! I feel like I’ve been neglecting this place though, and I have to remedy that. God’s been putting a lot of things on my heart lately and I’m trying to work through it all. I thought today would be a good day to start.
If you’ve read my blog before you *might* remember that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. A few years ago I was blogging quite regularly about my journey through abuse and beyond. I’ve really felt God tugging at my heart that, at least during the month of October, I need to go back to that for a bit. If you’d like to read some of my previous posts on Domestic Violence you can go here to see the archives. Be warned though, I’m honest and open, it might make you squirm, but that’s what it’s about. We should squirm, we need to squirm. Domestic Violence isn’t pretty, it’s ugly and as such it should take people beyond squirming in their seats to so uncomfortable that they feel the overwhelming need to do something. Isn’t that what awareness is about? Isn’t that why people wear pink ribbons in the month of October? I’ve got a challenge for you, why don’t you put a purple ribbon next to your pink one this month. Then when people ask you what it’s for tell them, it’s for Domestic Violence Awareness. Better yet, contact a Domestic Violence shelter in your area and see if you can help somehow, take some old clothes, donate a cell phone, participate in an event on some level. Help make a difference, no matter how small, in the life of someone who has probably just barely reclaimed theirs. I can tell you how much it means to have someone hand you some small little nugget of hope when you feel hopeless and useless, it saves your life.
Here’s just a little info for you to start the month off…
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, did you know:
- One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
- An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
- 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
- Historically, females have been most often victimized by someone they knew.
- Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence.
- Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.