The Definition of YOU

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Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself. – Harvey Fierstein

 

Attending the 2013 YWCA Survivors Celebration was truly a celebration and an honor—and a very real reminder as to the magnitude of women that are affected by domestic violence—and the journey that many women are still on.  

One thing became evident in listening to survivors’ stories— we start to believe what we hear the most. Many times when domestic violence begins, it’s more subtle than physical violence, rather by way of mental violence through words. Abusers use demeaning names and hurtful language to make their victims begin to believe that they are no more than what they’re told. By the time the physical abuse starts, the victims have already started to believe things that they’ve been told like:

“I deserve this” or “I’m not worth anything” or
“He wouldn’t do this if he didn’t love me”

Oftentimes the breakthrough happens when the victim stops believing the definition written on their life by another and starts to redefine who they are based upon what they know themselves to be.

I pray that instead of believing the lies, you begin to speak the truth—you are worthy and you are worth it. Erase the past and write a new definition for you. You are not what anyone else says. Only you define who you are.

Speak it. Believe it. You were made for more. 

End Domestic Violence : #PassItOn Charleston

It’s HERE! It’s FINALLY HERE!! Help the YWCA Charleston raise $10,000 courtesy of The Allstate Foundation.
AND IT’S EASY!!
1. Log-on to http://www.purplepurse.com
2. Enter the registration code 01295 & your zip code
3. #PassItOn to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

YOU CAN LOG ON EVERYDAY OR MULTIPLE TIMES PER DAY!!! To learn more about how you can help and to see who is on board to #PassItOn be sure to follow YWCA Charleston on Twitter and on Facebook!

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The YWCA Charleston has been selected to participate in The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program this year! Only 30 YWCA associations were selected to participate across the U.S. This October, Purple Purse will be even bigger, since we’ve more than doubled the number of YWCA partners and raised the total donation goal to $350,000 for the national network of YWCAs! With your help in 2013, Purple Purse will get more people talking about domestic violence than ever before.

Here’s how the program will work: during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, custom-designed purple purses will be distributed with information cards inside, driving people to PurplePurse.com so they can arm themselves with tools to spread the word about domestic violence. The goal is to pass along each purple purse to family and friends throughout the country, sparking life-changing conversations along the way. In addition, digital purses can also be passed to raise money and awareness at Facebook.com/PurplePurse and on PurplePurse.com.

As one of 30 local YWCAs selected, we have received 10 physical purses to pass throughout our community. Starting September 23 and continuing throughout October, every time our purple purse is checked in at PurplePurse.com, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to our local YWCA, giving our organization funding to support our critical programs aimed at helping domestic violence survivors and stopping the cycle of abuse.

If we’re able to pass our purses a total of 1,000 times, we’ll double our donation and our YWCA will earn a total of $10,000.

“Pass It On” for the YWCA of Charleston – Purple Purse 2013

Happy Friday, All!
This post is a bit different from normal, but equally as important, because —

I am honored to announce that I will be directing the Purple Purse Campaign 2013 for the YWCA of Charleston.

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WHAT IS THE PURPLE PURSE CAMPAIGN?

The YWCA of Charleston has been selected to participate in The Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse program this year! Only 30 YWCA associations were selected to participate across the NATION! (WOW)

This October, Purple Purse will be even bigger, since they’ve more than doubled the number of YWCA partners and raised the total donation goal to $350,000 for the national network of YWCAs! With your help in 2013, Purple Purse will get more people talking about domestic violence than ever before.

Here’s how the program will work: during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, custom-designed purple purses will be distributed with information code cards inside, driving people to PurplePurse.com so they can arm themselves with tools to spread the word about domestic violence. The goal is to pass along each purple purse to family and friends throughout the country, sparking life-changing conversations along the way. In addition, digital purses can also be passed to raise money and awareness at Facebook.com/PurplePurse and on PurplePurse.com.

As one of 30 local YWCAs selected, we will receive 10 physical purses to pass throughout our community. Starting September 23 and continuing throughout October, every time our purple purse is checked in at PurplePurse.com, The Allstate Foundation will donate $5 to our local YWCA, giving our organization funding to support our critical programs aimed at helping domestic violence survivors and stopping the cycle of abuse. If we’re able to pass our purses a total of 1,000 times, we’ll double our donation and your YWCA will earn a total of $10,000.

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There will, of course, be more information coming – so be sure to frequently check the YWCA newsletter, website, Facebook pages: YWCA & GNO and Twitter: @ywcacharleston & @gnowv

Let’s “PASS IT ON” to spread the word and END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!