Today I am joining in on a very special hop, The Hop to Stop! The Hop to Stop unites papercrafters to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence. All you have to do to join in is create a card that features purple, and link it up over at the Damsel of Distressed Cards blog, right here: http://damselofdistressedcards.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-hop-to-stop-2016-raising-awareness.html
The numbers on domestic violence are staggering, but even more so are the attitudes that too many people hold about domestic violence. They actually believe that it’s not so bad, or it’s just a joke, or that it’s a family matter, or that the victims are mistaken. We see celebrities and sports figures who commit domestic violence receive only a slap on the wrist. We see public figures, who should be the role models for our communities, along with their supporters, dismiss sexual assault because it happened a long time ago, or it was only a joke, or it’s only a tactic the media is using to confuse us.
What does that message send to our children, our girls and boys who will grow up and enter relationships as adults? When we dismiss the behavior of young men as “boys will be boys” then how can we possibly teach them what it means to be a good man, or a good husband, or a good father? We must all work to change the attitudes of the people who believe that domestic violence is okay.
So I created this “Believe” card with the beautiful purple flamingo. We must also do what we can to make all girls and boys believe that they are special, unique, and deserve love and respect. They deserve safe homes and open arms that will hug them, not abuse them. We must also believe that we all have the strength deep down within ourselves to end the cycle of fear and abuse. We must believe that we are all beautiful, and that one day we will fly.
Thanks for joining me today!
Live your life in color!