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October is more than just Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thursday, October 17, 2013

First off, I'd like to say that I am a huge supporter of breast cancer awareness and I started our hotel's Relay for Life team. This blog is not to offend anyone or make it seem like breast cancer isn't important.

Now that that has been said :

Many forget that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month as well. Between the NFL players wearing pink and salons giving pink extensions for people's hair..the majority of people only know October as Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I find this so sad. Domestic Violence is just as important as breast cancer and is something we can try to prevent. If only people were made more aware of what to do, what to look for and how to help.

All I ask is that you take a moment and think of those that have suffered at the hands of domestic violence. Think of those that have been killed due to it. The children who either are harmed or have grown up watching this happen in their homes. This is an important issue that needs to get as much press and is just as worthy of the attention as any other cause.

If you know anyone that may be in a domestic violence situation please try to reach out for help. They may be scared but there are some great shelters out there that can help them. Don't give up on them...and spread the word that DV victims are out there...volunteer at a shelter or donate unused household items that they may need. Just remember that there are other victims out there..just victims of the color purple.

Thank you!

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BRADMILL2922 10/22/2013 12:08AM

    A good reminder and something I wish nobody had to deal with. As a man, I don't understand how other men do that. It is very sad and I am glad you can share this!

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CM_GARDNER78 10/21/2013 9:58PM

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/18/2013 11:41PM

    As a survivor I thank you for this blog!!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 10/18/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks for posting this. I remember in Washington when I lived there I always heard and saw commercials for domestic violence escape and stuff and I would cry cause I was too afraid to go for help cause I feared rebuttal. It's definitely always on my mind.

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DEIDRESH 10/18/2013 8:47AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!

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JUSTRY2 10/17/2013 10:24PM

    Thanks for the disclaimer, and for this perspective. My grandmother just passed in July. She was a survivor of both breast cancer, and domestic violence for years. My mother worked in the DV field as a social worker for about 25 years. I know about Domestic Violence Awareness month....and I still forget! You mentioned the NFL taking on Breast Cancer Awareness, wearing pink and all that--- As I'm sitting here, I'm remembering some PSAs they actually did do a few years back, about domestic violence. That may only have been locally though, here in Seattle, and I only remember it being that one year, but maybe with the right kind of incentive it could get back out there. Anywho, thanks again! It's a great reminder.

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