Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Quick Reminder and Plea for Safety.

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Hey y'all. No, I'm not doing two new posts in one day. This is NSR and showcases an old card/post from October. Hopefully people will see this post.

For those of you that know me personally, or have been following me here or on FB (Shannon Angel), Twitter (ShanAngel), or Pinterest (Shannon Angel), you know how passionate I am about Domestic Violence awareness. Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence is Silent Epidemic that wounds and kills far too many people not only here in the U.S. but worldwide. It continues on in large part because of the silence of it's victims and of those people who know victims and see the results of the violence yet do nothing about it. For too many years victims have felt a sense of shame that their attackers use to continue the violence. We must learn to speak up, as individuals and as nations, to stop this horrible blight upon our societies. We must realize that the people who should feel Shame are Not the victims but those who inflict the violence upon them.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, but it is almost always overshadowed by Breast Cancer Awareness, which is also in October. Even my beloved NFL only showcases Breast Cancer Awareness, much to my  despair.

Did you know that statistics show Domestic Violence rates climb during Football season? Yep. People don't handle their teams losing and often take it out on those around them and yet the NFL wears a ton of Pink but not a purple ribbon to be seen anywhere. Truthfully it makes me sad to be such a huge fan during October. Think of all the people they could reach if they just gave even equal time and fundraising efforts to both causes instead of just one. ARE YOU LISTENING NFL?

I just saw this article on

Here are some statistics pulled from the article.

* 1 in 3 women are affected by their partners Violent behavior.

But you know it's not just women that are affected. Men are victims too. In fact the numbers listed are probably much lower than the true numbers due to most men's resistance to reporting they were the victims of violence, especially if it was perpetrated upon them by women.

* 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men report Severe Physical Violence
* 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men report the Effects of Violence- Fear, Concern for their safety, PTSD symptoms and more
*1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men reported Rape or Attempted Rape. More than half of the women, 51% who reported, stated the attacks were by Intimate Partners
* 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men report being victims of Stalking behavior with 2/3 of those reported being perpetrated by partners or acquaintances.

Please Be Safe! Love yourself enough to know this one simple Fact.

Love Does Not Hurt!!!!!!

If you or someone you know are victims of Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence please get help.

You can call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 TTY

Thanks for taking the time to let me vent. I want you all to be safe.

Till next time, which will be a happier post, I promise.

Be Safe,
Shan Pin It

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