Too often the language the media uses to explain domestic homicides falls short – or worse, makes the murders seem less shocking.
This story has been circulating in the past few days. The language used in reporting about domestic violence is indicator how our society views domestic violence, we try justify the killer/abuser/perpetrators actions.
"The irony is that battered women often do blame themselves, or make excuses for the men beating them, or hope their husband’s behavior is a fluke, not to be repeated."
"We will speak up for you. You are not alone." -Sara Barber, Executive Director of SCCADVASA.
Each day we will post a message of hope from someone from our staff here at SCCADVASA! Share a Message of Hope today! Tag your message with#VoicesHavePower and Verizon Wireless will donate $3 to end domestic and dating violence. The National Network to End Domestic Violence
A lot can happen in a minute. For most a minute can be a very short amount of time. But for some one minute seems to be a lifetime.
How will you use your next minute? In one minute, 24 people are abused and 250,000 tweets are sent. Use your next minute to spread hope by sharing a Message of Hope tagged with #VoicesHavePower. Verizon Wireless will donate $3 to end domestic and dating violence for each message shared through August 7th. @NNEDV
Let’s use this minute to give a voice to the voiceless, because VOICES HAVE POWER!
Use your voice to make a difference. Share a Message of Hope today for all survivors of violence. Tag your message with #VoicesHavePower and Verizon Wireless will donate $3 to end domestic and dating violence. @NNEDV @HopelineVerizon.
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"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."
Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.
One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.
It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.
"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."”
From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.
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Happy Friday Everyone!
Check out John Legend’s latest video. John showcases his appreciation for the true beauty of all women, and croons about how much he really loves his wife Chrissy Teigen. In an effort to promote positive body image, the video captures close-ups of diverse women from every age, ethnicity, shape and size looking into the camera through a one-way mirror, and therefore, looking at the viewer while looking at themselves. One woman inspects her pregnant belly, a young girl gets her ears pierced, a MMA fighter inspects a bloody nose, another woman cries as she removes her bra to reveal her mastectomy. The video was shot to promote Legends #OperationGirl campaign. This video also has some other star power including Emmy nominated transgender woman, Laverne Cox and Tatyana Ali.
Have you joined the chorus of people sharing Messages of Hope for survivors and victims of domestic violence? For each message tagged with #VoicesHavePower, Verizon Wireless will donate $3 to end domestic and dating violence. @NNEDV @HopelineVerizon
Millions of children are exposed to domestic violence every year. That is why we and #VoicesHavePower believe the power of a voice can play an impactful role in transforming the lives of those affected by domestic violence and furthering the effort to end this issue. Use your voice to make a difference. Together we can make strides to end domestic violence.
The SCCADVASA office will be closed this Friday, in observance of the July 4th Holiday.
New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, and the 4th of July have higher reports of domestic violence than the normal daily average. We encourage everyone to stay safe and smart.
If ever in an emergency, call 911. If you or someone you know has experienced abuse or sexual assault, help is available. These hotlines are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.SAFE (7233), National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)