#WhyIStayed Sparks Women to Speak Out About Domestic Violence
With all of the recent media coverage of Ray Rice assaulting his girlfriend and now wife, Janay Palmer, social media sites have exploded about domestic violence and why women don’t just leave relationships. Domestic Violence isn’t usually an issue that is publicized, never mind found on video. Many women suffer through the cycle in their quiet homes and it often goes unknown until they escape. Recently, celebrities as well as local agencies have been inspired to speak out.
The recent Rice controversy has sparked author and domestic violence survivor, Beverly Gooden, to start #WhyIStayed hashtag that has taken over social media and has allowed other survivors the chance to have a voice and share their stories about the complex dynamic of domestic violence and how it affected them. Kerry Washington, from “Scandal”, also hopped on board with speaking out against domestic violence with her Purple Purse Campaign that recently launched alongside Allstate Foundation. The goal is to educate women about financial abuse, another major reason women stay in domestic violence relationships. Kerry designed the purple purse for contributors to win as long as they donate at least $10 to the foundation. (http://purplepurse.com/)
Two days after the Ray Rice video leaked, The National Domestic Violence Hotline experienced an 84% increase in phone calls from people asking for help. The CEO stated that they usually get between 500-600 calls a day from survivors or family members, but this rose to about 1,000 phone calls. Congress is now giving this agency more funding starting October 1st in order to assist more women with the increase in phone calls (Huffington Post).
How Can You Help?
Since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Boston’s Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office is teaming up with Casa Myrna Vazquez, which is an agency that provides Boston’s most comprehensive range of programs to address and end domestic and dating violence (Casamyrna.org). Both agencies are hosting a fundraising event in order to raise money for domestic violence victims and create awareness about this issue.
Please help make a difference on Thursday, October 16th at the Bell in Hand from 5-8pm!
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the link below and also at the door. All proceeds will go to Casa Myrna. There will be food, appetizers, and raffles. Come have a great time with friends, family, and co-workers while supporting a great cause. If you cannot attend please visit Casamyrna.org and make a donation.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTOR: CHRISTINE BERARDINOChristine Berardino an advocate in law enforcement and is passionate about women’s rights advocacy. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire in 2011, with a dual major of Psychology and Justice Studies. Read more from Christine: Christine’s WiLab Profile