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The words domestic violence are usually assoiciated with an adult woman being abused by an adult male. One in four women will be affected by some form of domestic violence, in their lifetime. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse. http://www.ncadv.org/need-support/what-is-domestic-violence.
With awareness growing, studies have been geared to teen domestic violence. The statistics are alarming. http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/ Over 1.5 million high school students will experience some form of physical abuse, this year. 43% of college dating women have reported some form of abuse. These numbers only include the reported number of cases. Statistically, only 33% of those vicitims every told anyone about the abuse. Parents that were surveyed don't believe that teen domestic violence is an issue (81%). The shocking part, only 58% of parents could identify the signs of an abusive relationship.
Organizations can spread awareness, but education is needed for our teens. As of July 2014, only 22 states had some form of legislation; in place, that addresses education for teen dating violence. http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-dating-violence.aspx
Spreading awareness is a step in the right direction, but without educational programs we could see these statistics continue to grow.
Over the past few episodes, we have looked all of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s six principles of nonviolence. As we have seen, these principles are not just guidelines for protest, but they also apply to how we live our lives in general and how we approach the various conflicts that we face with others. Just as a review, those six principles are as follows:
1. Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.
2. Nonviolence seeks to win friendship and understanding.
3. Nonviolence seeks to defeat injustice, not people.
4. Nonviolence holds that voluntary suffering can educate and transform.
5. Nonviolence chooses love instead of hate.
6. Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
Today, we are going to look at the six steps to beginning and carrying out non-violent action. These are the steps that thousands of King’s followers and others took as they stood up for the freedoms that people of color enjoy today:
Step 1: Gather Information
Learn all you can about the problems you see in your community through the media, social and civic organizations, and by talking to the people involved.
Step 2: Educate Others
Armed with your new knowledge, it is your duty to help those around you, such as your neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers, better understand the problems facing society. Build a team of people devoted to finding solutions. Be sure to include those who will be directly affected by your work.
Step 3: Remain Committed
Accept that you will face many obstacles and challenges as you and your team try to change society. Agree to encourage and inspire one another along the journey.
Today, we are going to begin looking at the sixth principle of nonviolence which is as follows:
Nonviolence believes that the universe is on the side of justice.
• The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.
Unfortunately, righteousness and truth does not always triumph in our world. If it were, slavery would never have happened, wars would not occur, racism would not have been deeply entrenched in our society, and people would not feel as though they have to fight for fair treatment and equal justice under the law. However, the lack of justice or fairness or equality in the world is no excuse to resort to violence. That only compounds the problem.
Instead, we must have faith that God sees all, and that God will eventually reward those who do good and punish those who do evil. Beyond man’s sinful nature, we do not understand why injustices are allowed to happen in the world. And, at times, it may seem useless to fight against injustice and unfairness. However, if our cause is right, then we should never give up the fight. We should keep the faith. It may take a long time for justice to be realized, but as long as God is on His throne, no one will be able to get away with wrongdoing, hatred, racism, violence, and unfair treatment of others. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
In the speech he delivered the night before he was assassinated, Dr. King told the audience, “I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” He had faith that, even though he may not live to see a society where blacks and whites are seen as equal under the law, it would undoubtedly come to pass. Why?...
Today, we are going to continue looking at the fifth principle of nonviolence.
Let’s begin by focusing on the statements: "Love restores community and resists injustice. Nonviolence recognizes the fact that all life is interrelated."
Have you ever considered that you might have more in common with others than you realize? No, I am not just talking about your family and friends. I am talking about people you may consider your enemies. Despite our differences, black people and white people have much in common. The rich and poor, the educated and uneducated, the well-known and the unknown have more in common than they may think.
When you really consider it, most of the divisions between people groups that have occurred through history have been arbitrary and based on misunderstandings. We look back at the Holocaust in Europe or apartheid in South Africa and shake our heads at how hatred from one group of people toward another can cause such violence and injustice and can be taken to such an extreme. Yet, today, the same vices still plague us. We see it in the recent rioting and vandalism in cities like Baltimore and Ferguson. We see it in the senseless killing and brutality of the Islamic State in Syria and the Middle East. We see it in the apparent attitudes of some that black people are not deserving of the same respect and dignity as whites. It is almost as if the perpetrators of the violence and hatred are blind to the fact that they are destroying the lives of other humans who have dreams, hopes, and families that they would like to return to.
Someone once remarked that, generations from now, people will look back on us and see the absurdity of our society being polarized around something as simple -- and uncontrollable -- as skin color. The same could go for divisions based on religion and ethnicity.
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On this episode of NTR: Non-Tree Radio, host Courtney Lambert talks with featured guest Amy Perrin about making career MOVEs and their experiences in this area. Career moves are not easy. Some people stay at jobs they hate because they have financial responsibilities, some people stay because they are afraid of change, and others stay because they don't feel they are qualified to do what they truly want to do. Courtney and Amy talk with listeners about their decisions to make moves in their careers and how they executed their plans. Afterwards, Courtney and Michelle continue the conversation with key points and suggestions. If you are looking for that extra push of encouragement to go after your dreams, don't miss this show!
On Firday @ 7:30 EST Join me and experts as we discuss DV at blogtalk.com/blogtalkusa or call in (347) 855-8118. Domestic Violence against women should be viewed as violence against the community. We should see men’s violence against women as not stemming from individual pathology, but rather from a socially reinforced sense of entitlement. Continuously viewing this problem from an individual standpoint will never heal a nation. We must cut at the roots of the problem and not at the branches! We must reexamine the methods and assumptions in which men and women are educated about preventing and stopping Domestic Violence.
On the show this week I had Robert Green, founder of the non-profit organization Shining Warrior, dedicated to assisting the physically and economically challenged.
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Today's Topic: Holiday Hell
Are you ready for the holiday with your significant other? Or is this the first holiday without him or her? Have your prepared yourself for the in-laws? What has you in an emotional reck preparing for the day of Thanksgiving? We know all to well that the argument about the TURKEY is not about the turkey. Are you Lonely or Depression? Today we will talk to listeners as they discuss their emotions as they prepare for the upcoming holidays.
Ava Ross shares and discusses on an open platform, relationships of the past, present and future. Join Ava Ross, Executive Director of Tabula Rasa Domestic Violence as she takes you on the journey from the past to the present; and help you discover the true impact of relationships.
SISTERS is an online radio show created to empower, insprie, and help women understand and identify componets that are the makeup of unhealthy relationships that invite and allow abuse.
SISTERS goal is to equip women with the tools to ultimately make better decisions as they journey to a better, healthier, and loving relationship, first with themselves and then with others.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence call our help line at 1-877-977-8738 for assistance. Need someone to talk to so that your situation does not escalade to a domestic violence event, call our hotline.
Visit us on the web at www.tabularasadv.org
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On this episode of NTR: Non-Tree Radio, hosts Courtney and Michelle discuss the importance of sharing what goes on in your life with others. Learn about how to start sharing with your friends and how it may help others overcome fears, grief and so much more. Also on this episode, the hosts will choose a winner for the contest they proposed on last week's episode.
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On this episode of NTR: Non-Tree Radio, Hosts Courtney and Michelle discuss why it is necessary to be the best "you" you can be in order to have the best friendships and relationships possible - and the steps you can take to becoming the best you.
Even parents who work in the domestic violence field don't have all the answers when it comes to talking to their children about healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault. Nallely Castro Montoya, Youth Initiatives Specialist and Lois Gutierrez, Youth Family Advocate, will speak with Rosario de la Torre, Community Advocacy and Partnerships Manager and Ivette Izea Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, about successes and challenges they've faced when talking to their children about these important topics.
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