Stephanie Piston is a survivor of domestic abuse. Since leaving an abusive relationship 17 years ago, she has become active in the community, spreading awareness and speaking out against domestic violence and its effects on victims. For the last several years, Piston has acted as the New York state action leader for the Love is Not Abuse (LINA), an initiative of Liz Claiborne, Inc. LINA’s primary goal is to educate preteens and teenagers about domestic abuse through curriculums enacted in their schools; however, they have also created “It’s Time to Talk Day”, which will be held today, Thursday December 8th.
It’s Time to Talk Day is intended to highlight the importance of all sectors becoming involved in domestic violence-related issues. This includes government leaders, the media, the non-profit sector, as well as the private sector. On December 8th, Piston will join other LINA state action leaders and members of similar organizations to discuss the subject of domestic abuse. They will be joined by domestic violence experts, state and federal attorney generals, corporate leaders, legislators, celebrities, parents and teens at Liz Claiborne Inc. in New York City. All members will participate in a national day of discussion and awareness on domestic violence. This includes both a national dialogue as well as discussions between parents and teenagers. Piston hopes that the day will present an opportunity to bring the conversation to light and open discussion between parents and their children.
While It’s Time to Talk Day presents a much-needed opportunity to bring light to the subject of domestic violence, abuse won’t stop when the holiday is over. When so many victims suffer in silence, we should look for opportunities every day to encourage people to talk about interpersonal violence. What can we do to spread the energy and enthusiasm of It’s Time to Talk Day throughout the entire year?