Speak Out-April is SAAPM

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month I speak out because I believe that every survivor deserves a safe place to find help. Speak out with me this Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Visit: rainn.org/SAAPM #SAAPM The Statistics The statistics are terrifying. Every ninety-two seconds someone is sexually assaulted. That means that by the time you finish reading this short post, someone has been assaulted. Maybe someone you know.  Make a Call If you’ve been assaulted, or you know someone who has been, it can be overwhelming. You don’t know what to do or where to turn.  Reach out.  Whether you’re need support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN’s trained support specialists are ready to help. Call 800-656-HOPE (4653). There is no charge. Or if you prefer, there is a CHAT feature available on the RAINN website. How You Can Help Post a photo on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook of a blue triangle on your hand on Thursday, April 4 to show your support of RAINN Day. A blue triangle represents a megaphone to remind us to use our voices to spread awareness about sexual violence. Change your Facebook profile photo to include RAINN SAAPM frame. Available on Facebook on April 1. Search […]

Empower Yourself

Sometimes mentors fall into your life. You didn’t know you needed one, but a mentor arrived at the right time. However, sometimes you must empower yourself. Take control. Search out the mentors you need. We all need mentors from time to time. Often we need different mentors for different phases of our growth. While it’s easier today to find women’s voices and women mentors, it’s not always easy to empower yourself. Unlearn First The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn. We are filled with the popular wisdom of several centuries just past, and we are terrified to give it up. — Gloria Steinem, American activist Unlearning isn’t easy. Often, without even knowing it, we cling to ideas, beliefs, and misbeliefs. Those closely held thoughts often are the result of events you could not control. Empower yourself by taking your power back from the events you couldn’t control. What You Can Control You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou As a child, you have no control over what happens. Sometimes someone has smashed and […]

Empowering Ourselves and Others

Empowering ourselves and others is more than a catchy phrase. It’s our duty to ourselves. We have the power. If we have the confidence to accept ourselves as we are and to make our own decisions, we can change the world. We can give all people, regardless of race, religion or gender, the ability to embrace their power. March is Women’s History Month. Back in 1981, Congress requested and the President decreed the week of March 7, 1982, as Women’s History Week. That was the beginning. In 1981. Women have been making history since the beginning of time. Recognition of that fact didn’t come until 1981.   Unempowering people happens the world over for no good reason. All people deserve empowerment regardless of race, religion, culture, or gender. But for March, the Women’s History Month, we will focus on women.  Definition Part of the discussion about empowerment must include the definition. Websters assigns empowerment two related definitions: 1. the act or action of empowering someone or something: the granting of the power, right, or authority to perform various acts or duties 2. the state of being empowered to do something: the power, right, or authority to do something To clarify, here are some of […]