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Raising awareness about issues related to domestic & dating violence

Speak Out Blog: New Tool to Help Victim’s Share Their Stories Safely, and Anonymously February 16, 2011

The Speak Out Blog is new collaborative initiative that allows women to speak out anonymously about their experiences with interpersonal violence, in the hopes of raising awareness of the issue and helping victims understand that they are not alone in their struggles.

Interpersonal violence is a pervasive problem and a commonly socially stigmatized issue.  Often times, victims feel powerless to seek help, or feel that even if they did, that they would not be believed.

In situations like these, hearing the stories of actual survivors of domestic violence and relationship abuse can help.  These stories, especially those told from the victims perspective and in their own words, can become powerful tools in helping spread the word about interpersonal violence, and can not only help increase community awareness of the issues, but also help victims who find themselves in these situations realize that they are not alone, that their circumstances are not to be tolerated, and that if they do choose to seek help, the will be heard and believed.

If you or someone you know has experienced some form of violence (stalking, relationship abuse, sexual assault, hate crimes, etc), you are not alone and your story is real and powerful.  Break the silence surrounding violence by sharing your story anonymously on the following blog: Be empowered to grieve and heal.

Testimonials shared on the blog will be read anonymously at Project Dinah‘s annual Speak Out Against Interpersonal Violence on April 14th. Co-sponsored by Men @ Carolina, W.E.L.L (Women Experiencing Learning & Leadership) and the IPV prevention department of Counseling and Wellness.


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