Day 17: Believe Your Voice Matters
Candy Lightner’s voice changed drunk driving laws.
Lilly Ledbetter’s voice protected women in the workplace.
Todd Beamer’s voice coordinated passengers to thwart a terrorist airstrike on the Pentagaon.
Ryan White’s voice changed our understanding of HIV/AIDS.
If one voice can shift national and international history, then your voice really matters right here in the central Kentucky community. What would happen if every person in your neighborhood took a stand against intimate partner abuse? What if every central Kentucky resident supported survivors?
Imagine if each and every one of us believed that our voice matters and…
- Changed our profile pics and shared information about intimate partner abuse on social media.
- Attended events to support survivors and violence prevention in our community.
- Spoke up when friends and family blame use victim-blaming language.
- Made the connection between human and animal abuse, and committed to protecting family pets, too.
- Reached out to someone in need to provide support and resources.
- Though about how we’d respond if witness to intimate partner abuse.
- Volunteered our time and talents to help local shelters and organizations.
- Honored the unique barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors.
- Talked to young people about healthy relationships at home, school and places of worship.
- Organized a donation drive for the shelter!
- Supported organizations that support survivors in our community.
- Spoke the names of victims who are no longer with us.
- Read, watched, and listened to stories of survival to understand the issue more.
- Purchased Handmade by Survivors products to support survivor healing and self-sufficiency.
- Learned more about the effects of intimate partner abuse on children.
- And honestly reflected on our own behavior.
Your voice matters. Your ideas, words, and actions make a difference. Take a stand against intimate partner abuse this month and every month.
This post is part of our 17 Days/17 Ways campaign to take a stand against intimate partner abuse.