If you’re not familiar with Brave Woman, let me tell you a little bit about it:
Brave Woman is a grassroots movement to shift personal and public perception of women facing domestic violence situations from a victim mentality to one of courage and strength. The ultimate goal is to create a world community that
- Supports difficult decisions involved in creating a new life of safety, healing and independence.
- Is aware of the presence of domestic violence and its impact on families.
I took the Brave Woman pledge because while I have not personally been the victim of domestic violence, I know many women who were.
When I wrote my first post about Brave Woman back in December, my great aunt left me a comment telling me that she was the victim of an abusive relationship, as was my great grandmother.
I never knew that. To find out that someone hurt my Nana? That my great aunt dealt with the same trauma? It broke my heart AND it made me so proud that the women in my family are all so brave.
What is the Brave Woman pledge all about?
I pledge to honor and respect brave women and children who tackle the difficult journey of change from domestic violence to a new life. I acknowledge my own moment-by-moment bravery, will remain aware of what is happening to others around me, and speak up against violence in any form. I will stand up for human dignity and safety for women and children.
It’s as simple as that. Please take a moment and visit BraveWoman.org and take the pledge!
It’s pretty easy to take a stand and be a brave woman. My goal is to provide an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on, and a hand to hold for any woman who needs it, and to encourage any women I know that are in an abusive situation to get out.
If you are in an abusive relationship, or know someone who is, please know that it is never too late to get help! Visit BraveWoman.org, your local domestic violence shelter or the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-723.
What are you going to do in 2012 to be brave?
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