I’ve never been a victim of abuse. Of any kind.
I have no experience with it whatsoever. In fact, I was unsure about how to write this post effectively.
I do realize I am lucky.
The worse thing that’s ever been done to me? I was disciplined by my parents. And I get in screaming matches with my husband sometimes.
My children? Get disciplined by us, on occasion. And we get in screaming matches…quite often (teenagers *eye roll*) as well.
I’ve never felt threatened in any way and neither have my children.
My homes have always been a safe haven for all of us.
But? The statistics of domestic abuse are staggering. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men are victims of domestic violence. What’s worse is that nearly 3 million children’s lives are torn apart and scarred due to this…epidemic. That? Is mind blowing and I had no idea abuse was that horrifyingly prevalent.
That means, whether we realize it or not, every single one of us knows someone who is being abused. One of your friends, a family member, a neighbor is being raped, beaten and broken in some way.
What can we do besides frown and think “thank g-d it’s not me” as we close our blinds and lock our windows?
It’s really very easy.
Donate your old cell phones that are sitting in drawers, under beds, in cars to hopeLine by Verizon. Or, if you have no spare phones, donate your spare change!
Since Verizon started this program called HopeLine, they have collected over 7 million cell phones, refurbished them to be used as “safe” phones and have given them to over 90,000 victims of domestic abuse.
That’s amazing. And yet, so incredibly heart-breaking that there is even a need for this particular type of organization.
Your old, unused phone could be the one that protects your sister, brother, cousin, STRANGER, from their last beating. These phones provide safe lines to family, friends, employers…whoever needs to be contacted because they come loaded with 3000 NEEDED minutes.
Your old, unused wireless phone that has been sitting around collecting dust and taking up space in your junk drawer for wasted years could help someone rebuild their life.
Please, my friends, join HopeLine, Dr. Phil and National Network to End Domestic Violence and give these men and women what they so desperately need.
For victims of violence, please, don’t keep silent. Call your local law enforcement or dial #Hope.
There IS help for you.
There is HOPE.
Disclaimer: I was contacted by peeps who wondered if I would be interested in helping this organization by writing a post. I was not compensated by anything other than the sense of satisfaction that I helped in a tiny way.