A Message from NRCDV:
Redbook Magazine has reached out to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) and other allied national organizations for support in the development of an online video support/awareness campaign featuring the stories of domestic violence survivors. The project will share the stories of survivors of dating/domestic violence in an effort to bring visibility to the issue, help break the silence and shame, and promote collective strength among survivors. Redbook did a similar campaign last year on the topic of infertility called “The Truth About Trying” that you can view here: http://www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/advice/infertility-video-series
Redbook has asked the NRCDV to help gather a list of survivors who may be interested in sharing their stories for this project. The process itself is simple: survivors would upload their own short videos using a set of very accessible directions. All survivors will need is an internet connection and a camera or smart phone capable of recording a video.
Interested survivors should please respond with their name, contact information, and a brief bio that provides a quick synopsis of your background and experience. This information will be forwarded to our contact at Redbook for consideration. Please reply to: Kenya Fairley at email@example.com by Wednesday, April 25th.
Redbook has stressed the importance of including diverse experiences from survivors (and survivor allies!) of various age groups and backgrounds: long-term relationships, teen relationships, same-sex relationships, trans survivors, children exposed, and sisters, brothers, or parents of victims, etc.
Of course, safety is a priority. Redbook has options available for survivors requesting anonymity, for example: filming their hands or other less-identifying features. For guidance and considerations related to sharing your story, please see the NRCDV’s “From the Front of the Room: A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking” athttp://www.vawnet.org/summary.php?doc_id=2951&find_type=web_desc_NRCDV
The story of my past experiences with domestic violence and how I have moved forward throughout the years to provide advocacy to others.
bout a hundred people turned out for the Texas City ceremony for National Crime Victims Week. Among those was Jennifer Schuett, who was kidnapped from her home at the age of nine, raped and had her throat slashed by her attacker 19 years ago.
A suspect was arrested in October, 2009. She encouraged those who attended to speak out and let their voices be heard and she said she hoped to inspire other crime victims to do the same.
Happy New Year 2012!
Posted in on Monday, January 9, 2012 7:15 PM by Jennifer
Happy New Year 2012!
It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to blog with last year being so busy. I had so many amazing opportunities in using my voice last year that I’m truly grateful for. I believe the last time I blogged was after I got home from Pittsburgh, PA. From there I travelled to Denver, CO – El Paso, TX – South Padre Island, TX – and finally, Galloway, NJ. Alot of flying/driving in those last couple of months of the year, but was honored to be able to use my voice and share my story with others. One of the most amazing experiences I had was in El Paso speaking at their “Help. Hope. Healing!” conference for crime victims. Talk about POWERFUL. I usually share my story at conferences that are attended by law enforcement, judges, district attorneys, social workers, therapists, nurses, etc., but to speak infront of hundreds of crime victims…wow, it was unbelievable. To be able to stand up and show a room full of people that “it’ll be okay” and see the hope in their eyes is an indescribable feeling. I love what they’re doing in El Paso and I’m hoping after meeting with our head DA, Jack Roady, here in Galveston County, we’ll be able to soon start a yearly conference of our own for crime victims to bring more awareness to our communities in this area…it’s greatly needed and I know will be beneficial and positive in so many ways!
I’ve taken a break from travelling for at least a few months at the beginning of this year for some personal time. Jonathan finished the welding program and is a certified welder now so he’s looking for a new job and life in general is just wonderful! I feel so blessed by having your continued support, prayers, and positive thoughts! I check my e-mail and read my guestbook daily on the website, and I really thank each of you who have used your voice in expressing your feelings & emotions and those that have shared your personal experiences and stories of survival with me. I hope that with this time off, I’ll have more time to blog and keep you all updated!
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The Resurrection of a Woman’s�LifePOSTED BY THELIFEOLOGISTCHRONICLES ⋅ APRIL 8, 2012 ⋅ 6 COMMENTSFILED UNDER �COUNSELING, COURAGE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, EMPOWER, EVE ENSLER, FAITH, GIRLS, GOD FEAR FAITH COURAGE TRUST, RESURRECTION, THE LIFEOLOGIST, V-DAY, VAGINA MONOLOGUE, WOMENI was a victim of domestic�abuse for 20 years; 4 years as a teenager by my boyfriend, who later became my husband of 15 years. I was 16 when this first began and was 35, when I finally got the sense and the courage to leave. However, the affects�of the abuse weren’t quite over. It took 10�long years for me to really regain my life and for him to stop attempting to destroy it for leaving him. In hindsight, there are a plethora of unreasonable reasons why I stayed in this relationship and later married my abuser and why it took me so long to get out of it; I kept it a secret for a long time, it was your classic textbook case with a very unusual twist.�The blessing of it all, is I lived through it, to become the woman I am today. There are tens of thousands of women who didn’t and that’s why I tell my story in hopes of raising awareness�of women and girls out there who�may be�headed down this familiar road to take another route.In May 1997 on Mother’s day and the day after I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling, I was severely assaulted by my husband and ended up in a hospital emergency room and that’s when I finally decided, this was the last time and I would never go back and I didn’t. It took years of spiritual healing, relocating, gut-wrenching sacrifices and a heartbreaking choice that involved saving the lives of my two children as well as my own to heal from the affects of this experience. Over the years, I’ve experienced ongoing financial hardships, have had some friends and family support me and�overcame the emotional harm inflicted by those who knew the truth, but chose to judge me in the aftermath.In 1995, just a few years before my marriage ended, I began to actively help women like me who didn’t know I was also being abused. I know now that I was also seeking help for myself in addition to helping them; it was the beginning of the end of this extremely unhealthy and undeserving life as I knew it.Today, 14 years after my divorce, I have a beautiful new story to tell and the miracle of my life speaks for itself. Although it was extremely difficult at times, I never gave up hope, I never stopped trusting in my faith and in myself and I never stopped doing the hard work I needed to do to forgive myself and my ex-husband in order to�heal.My children are amazing young adults now, I am extremely grateful to God for that and we are making new memories together. I am living the essence of�my dreams, looking forward to more beautiful experiences and by sharing my real and authentic life lessons, I have made it my life’s work with every opportunity I get to inspire and educate women and girls, including my daughter, to make wiser choices in life to help avoid this experience and empower them to take their lives back, if they find themselves in a similar situation.ReTina Broussard “The Lifeologist”Social Commentator/Media Personality/Speaker/Writer/Performercopyright 2012, ReTina Broussard. All Rights Reserved.I have always wanted to be�in a production of “The Vagina Monologues” because of my experience and I�now have the honor of participating in this phenomenal play in this phase of my life, it is a sweet gift from God and dream come true!V‑DAY, THE DISTRICT JOINS GLOBAL EFFORT TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS … V-Day The District 2012 Presents a Benefit Production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUESwithDeborah Bond, ReTina Broussard�and Majic 102.3’s Cortney HicksJoin Us As We Raise Funds And Awareness To End Violence Against Women And Girls�On Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 7 pm, V‑Day The District will present a�ONE-NIGHT ONLY�benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play “The Vagina Monologues” at Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD.Tickets may be purchased at www.camilleparrisevents.com
Author's Comment on "Police: Five Found Dead in Maryland Home" - US news - Crime & Courts - msnbc.com
I used to live in this town with my ex-husband and four children. My ex, a domestic violence felon in possession of nine counts of illegal guns and ammunition was “set free” by Sheriff Chuck Jenkins without so much of a warrant or indictment. Upon confiscating the weapons on April 22, 2011 after eight months of my initial complaint, I was informed that no warrant was obtained; that the guns were retrieved by the sheriff’s “ATF liason”; that NO report would be filed; that no charges were pressed; and that Sheriff does not intend to pursue the matter any further.
A survivor speaks out about teen dating violence in the famous TedTalks series.
March 9th 2010
Ohio Senate Passes Dating Violence Protection Bill
Ohio Senators have unanimously passed a House bill that would allow juvenile courts to issue protection orders for minors in dating relationships.
The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to concur Wednesday. The legislation would then go to Gov. Ted Strickland, who is expected to sign it.
The bill was inspired in part by the plight of Cleveland teen Johanna Orozco, who was shot in the face by her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend in 2007 has had numerous operations. Orozco wanted to get a protection order, but Ohio juvenile courts cannot issue them against minors.
An advocacy group said in a national survey last year that only a handful of states have laws enabling minors the same protection order rights as adults.
This was Ohio in 2010! It’ll be interesting to follow-up with them to see how effective the law has changed since then.