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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for 10/23/2012-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH-PAUSE FOR THE CAUSE (Vol.10,Iss.4)

Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect battered women’s advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels.

Six years later  Domestic Violence Awareness Month was born and two years later the United States Congress recognized this cause. http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php

Highlighting Domestic Violence Awareness occurs every October and those who are victims and survivors will tell you that the abusers who torment and torture are active year around. Now is not a time to remain silent but to speak out about the effects of Domestic Violence. It is important to note what are causes for Domestic Violence but to also Pause for the cause and spread the word to others.

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive 

behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another.  It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every 

community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background.  

Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is 

part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, 

psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations 

and truly last a lifetime. 

Here are some facts and figures about Domestic Violence


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. http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf




               For more information or to get  help, please call:

               at 1-800-799-7233

               THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE AT 1-800-656-4673

               THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE AT 1-866-331-9474



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Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for August 2, 2011-Courage in the Chambers (Vol.5, Iss.1)

Courage in the Chambers Gabrielle Giffords Returns

In the mist of the mess of the congressional confusion on the debt ceiling vote and delay of the government shut down, we saw a glimmer of light and hope enter the legislative floor. After seven months of rehabilitation and recovery from the near fatal shooting that landed a bullet in her head, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords came back to congress to cast her vote on the debt ceiling deal. The congresswoman who was one of twelve victims of a deranged shooter during a community event in her Tuscon, Arizona district, has beat the odds and fought back from being counted out as one who would ever serve again. While the country has watched members of congress battle over policy and program reductions and the potential for running out of money to cover bills, it has come down to the final hours for a resolution to be reached. Yet it was the entrance of Congresswoman Giffords onto the house floor that brought each member of the house to their feet in rousing cheers and applauds, forgetting if for a moment about taking sides on the default of government operations.   

Minority House leader Nancy Pelosi, said it best when speaking about the beloved and well received Giffords as she called her “the personification of courage.” “Her presence here in the chamber as well as her service throughout her career in Congress, brings honor to this chamber,” Congresswoman Giffords also spoke to her position on the debt ceiling issue, “I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington,” Giffords said, in a statement from her office. “After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/01/gabrielle-giffords-debt-ceiling-vote_n_915569.html?
Today we experienced Congresswoman Giffords laying aside her power and privilege afforded her as a member of the highest legislative body in the land, to showing poise and patience as she cast her vote. In that moment of taking a stand, the Congresswoman displayed a level of courage in the congress that most people have loss hope in seeing. It is the courage in the chambers of Congresswoman Giffords, that more political leaders need to embrace as a way of representing the people who elected them to serve.

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