The election is over and now it’s time for our officials to get back to work! Whether your representatives got re-elected or not, now is the time for them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Let’s make this lame-duck session count!
When I joined the Break the Cycle family in 2009, Break the Cycle not only gained a Director of Youth Programs but a successful concert pianist and producer - skills one does not often see in a non-profit manager. Break the Cycle encourages each of us to make our own "voice" heard, whether it be as a lawyer, an advocate, a policy maker, an educator or an artist.
Every 15 seconds someone, somewhere is abused. Everyone deserves to live free from abuse. Everyday people are denied that right.
We at Break the Cycle work to end abuse through education, legal services and changing laws. But we can't do it alone. And we don't - YOU have helped us develop a facebook fanbase of more than three thousand people, reach more than one million youth with our national announcement and give away hundreds of copies of our [Ending Violence] curriculum to schools that needed it.
In Pennsylvania, nearly ten percent of high school students have already experienced physical abuse from a dating partner. On average, half of young victims are abused on school campuses. Despite this shocking prevalence of abuse and its proven negative impact on healthy development and education, Pennsylvania law does not require schools to address dating abuse.
It's not too late to join The Brick Campaign. Don't miss out on this opportunity to help youth in your neighborhood .
The winning Brick Layers will get Break the Cycle's [Ending Violence] for a school of their choice. With a month left in the campaign, anyone could win!
We spoke with competition leader Mae Philpott to get her take on the campaign:
Q: What was your inspiration for joining the Brick Campaign?
I truly believe in the importance of the work Break the Cycle does as well as the folks at Break the Cycle who do the work!
This May, Break the Cycle launches "Hear My Voice," our new LGBTQ public outreach campaign! With a new section just for LGBTQ teens and young adults on The Safe Space, a PSA to be aired this fall, and appearances at Pride Festivals in Southern California - we're proud to help the LGBTQ community find their voice and find a way to end violence.
If you or someone you know might be in an abusive relationship, visit www.loveisrespect.org to get more information.
-Published May 4th, 2010.
From the desk of Chai Shenoy,