|Posted by MASO on September 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM|
By: MASO Staff
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month , which wasstarted by a courageous group of advocates who came together for a Day of Unityin 1981. From there, the first DomesticViolence Awareness Month was observed in October 1987. These courageousindividuals are now recognized as The National Coalition Against DomesticViolence.
On Sept. 13, 1994, the passage of the landmark bill, theViolence Against Women Act (VAWA) was born. As a result domestic violence wasno longer a dirty family secret. Sincethis bill was passed, there have been many significant changes in our society’sunderstanding of and response to violence against women. As a result hundreds of thousands of victimshave had their lives forever changed.
Statistically, one in every four women fall victim to abuse.Take a moment and think … how many women do you know personally? Statistically,that is how many of the people YOU know who may have been victimized. As asociety we have an enormous responsibility to continue our efforts to endviolence against women, children and men. We can no longer afford to turna blind eye to abuse because it did not happen to you or it did not happen toyour child. This affects ALL our children and the CO$T by ignoring the problemis all too great.
Sadly too many continue to be victimized. With all the strides we have made since thepassage of the VAWA, more still needs to be done. Domestic Violence is still atepidemic levels in this country and takes on all shapes and forms and caninclude physical abuse, child abuse, sex abuse, gaslighting, emotional abuse,psychological abuse, stalking, bullying, and economic abuse.
Child abuse alone has doubled in the state of Massachusettsin the last 10 years while utilizing a reduced amount of resources availablethan before.
From President Obama’s proclamation in October 2011, he states the effects of domestic violence, especially onyoung people and children:
… The ramifications of domestic violence are staggering. Young women areamong the most vulnerable, suffering the highest rates of intimate partnerviolence. Exposure to domestic violence puts our young men and women in dangerof long-term physical, psychological, and emotional harm. Children whoexperience domestic violence are at a higher risk for failure in school, emotionaldisorders, and substance abuse, and are more likely to perpetuate the cycle ofviolence themselves later in life.
For more information from the White House, please visit thislink: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/10/05/october-national-domestic-violence-awareness-month
YOU can make adifference. We are asking for your helpto combat this problem.
In October, help spread the awareness, by hosting an eventto raise awareness. You can also host a yard sale in support of this cause.Choose a domestic violence organization you wish any of the proceeds to bedonated and ask the supporting organizations to send you information todistribute at your events. Alone we can not end abuse, but together we arestrong. Together we are a united voice. Together we CAN end abuse.
This is also a great way to engage your children in adiscussion about abuse. Include yourchildren by having them do an age tailored art project to be displayed at theyard sale or event. Help us break the cycles for the future of all ourchildren.
If you would like to be involved, email us [email protected] com.