Lobbying 101: Violence Against Women Act Funding

Many women and children ~ some men too ~ are finding there isn’t much justice in our legal system. In fact, the legal system is easily manipulated as an instrument of abuse. Several bloggers, especially WordPress’ MamaLiberty, are vigilant watchdogs. If you haven’t visited her site, I encourage you to do so. You will laugh. You will cry. You may get angry.

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Bravo, Barbados!

Since I started this site just over four months ago, I have struggled with how we can establish a community of people committed to the same vision. The folks at Barbados Free Press showed me how. I am ever so grateful to them.

So, I’m going to ask all you shy flowers who tend to visit without commenting to get some interaction going on. We’ll start with a poll. A Mom’s Random Mind asked this week why bloggers aren’t doing more to demand change. We are, but I think we’d be more effective if we had a community or forum or platform where we could gather and exchange ideas and information.

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Domestic Violence Prevention: International Stage

Some have suggested that the third wave of feminism is international. There are times when I stridently believe that we need to get our own house in order before we start going out into the world.

Yet, I am humbled when I read about the horrendous abuse women experience in other countries ~ especially in war zones. A military weapon more powerful than any bomb is to rape a woman in front of her family.

The person most in the forefront, of course, is Eve Ensler. Her current efforts are focused on the Congo.

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Impact of Domestic Abuse on Health

Physical abuse is no longer just about bruises and broken bones. Emotional abuse is about more than hurt feelings.

The long-term health impacts of domestic violence (DV) are being characterized as “epidemic” and a “national scourge” by Robert S. Thompson, MD, because DV affects between 25% and 54% of women in their adult lifetimes, and a disproportionate number of these women experienced physical or sexual abuse as a child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,200 women are killed (three each day) and 2 million are injured each year from intimate partner violence (IPV). This impacts 15.5 million children.

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Ms. Foundation: Outrageous Acts Campaign

We all have talents. My hope is that while visiting this web site you will be inspired to leverage your talents to change the current domestic violence paradigm. While we may not be feminist activists like Gloria Steinem, we can certainly accept her invitation to do one outrageous act in the cause of simple justice. She believes we’ll discover the world will be a better place and we’ll have fun in the process.

To celebrate Ms. Steinmen’s 75th birthday, the Ms. Foundation launched their Outrageous Acts campaign which flows from Ms. Steinem’s essays in Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions.

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