There is Always Hope to Combat Domestic & Sexual Violence
Unspoken Voices Chosen as Choice Charity!
by Addie Bona, Unspoken Voices Volunteer
As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, I often find myself left feeling hopeless and pessimistic. With statistics like 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been affected by a form of physical violence in a romantic relationship (NCADV) and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been victims of rape (NCADV), it can be hard to believe that our efforts to combat domestic violence and sexual assault are worthwhile.
Although there is violence and hate in the world, I am reminded that there is still hope. That's why I'm writing here today.
Unspoken Voices is proud to have been chosen as the Choice Charity for November by Damsel in Defense.
Damsel in Defense is direct selling company that focuses on supplying women with non-lethal self defense weapons, in addition to empowering and educating women. They offer products ranging from discreet and effective self defense and safety products, such as stun guns and door alarms, to educational games and materials for families. Their products are practical, affordable, and they help support other women by their ability to become Damsel in Defense representatives. I remember the first time I visited a Damsel in Defense booth, I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful, clever, and useful all the products were and how uplifting the mission of the company was.
Unspoken Voices is honored to be partnered with Damsel in Defense. Our partnership is important because our missions share critical values—combating violence while empowering survivors and bystanders. Violence affects everyone—domestic violence and sexual assault do not discriminate. Damsel in Defense provides physical tools and training to help empower and equip citizens, especially women, with materials they need to help keep them physically safe.
Unspoken Voices provides bystander intervention training and platforms for artistic modes of expression to help equip citizens with skills help intervene in precarious situations, as well as start the conversation about the stigma of victimization from trauma and violence. Together, these two communities can provide various resources to work towards ending domestic violence and sexual assault, supporting survivors, and speaking out against violence in our communities.
To find out more about Damsel in Defense, please check out this link!