Simple Smile: Anti-Bullying Song by Ashley Stringer

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“Simple Smile” is an anti-bullying song written by Ashley Stringer. Ashley is a fourteen-year-old singer-songwriter who has a passion to share her gift of music to bring hope and healing to those who need it most. She writes:

“This song was written when I was twelve years old. I realized the value of affirmation that would come from a smile, and the deep hurt that can occur when one feels rejected by their peers.

My prayer is that we would recognize that smiles are priceless, and when shared, they can change someones outlook. Share a smile, and be givers of hope.”

“Bullying is a physical or psychological aggressive behavior intended to harm or hurt others. The bully uses offensive bullying words in the process of victimization, states NoBullying.com. ” The general view is to make the affected person seem worthless, unloved, and uncared for.”

The Bully Project says, “Bullying today does not just happen at school. It happens on the streets of our towns, in our homes, at extracurricular activities, at camp, online (cyberbullying), and in many other places.” They’ve created a film called, “Bully” that speaks to this issue. According to their website, 3 million kids are bullied each month, and 13 million kids are absent from school every year because of bullying.  

Many youth suicides have been connected with some form of rejection or bullying, to the extent the victims no longer felt welcome in this world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on youth suicide states that suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, resulting in approximately 4,600 lives lost each year. Read my blog Victims of Bullying.

Whether bullying occurs at home, in school, in a public venue or online, it is always victimization. It is always connected to rejection or trying to diminish another’s self-worth. And it is always wrong.

The Bible says that out of the heart, our mouths speak. Unfortunately, too many hearts, instead of being filled with contentment, goodwill and joy are filled with just the opposite and it’s spilling out and doing incredible damage. I’m grateful for people like Ashley, who understand that even the simple, under-valued things like befriending someone who’s lonely, listening and showing compassion, helping someone in need, offering a prayer, or a simple smile can literally change someone’s day, their mind, their world and possibly even their future. Just by knowing someone “out there” cares, means there is still hope. Listen to Simple Smile and Watch the Music Video by Ashley Stringer and share with someone who needs to hear it!

HELPFUL RESOURCES:

“Understanding Bullying” CDC Fact Sheet

Information on Bullying by StopBullying.Gov

“Impact of Bullying Words on the Victim” by NoBullying.com

Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide: The Lasting Effects of Bullying 

The Bully Project

Online Security Tips for Parents & Kids

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance — United States, 2015

Stop Bullying Now!: A resource website sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services that addresses the warning signs of bullying, how to talk about bullies, how to report bullies and cyberbullying and offers a 24-hour help hotline for victims at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Scars Speak

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What comes to mind when you read the word SCAR?

A scar can be left over from a surgery or a “trophy” on a veteran of war. It can be a reminder of a painful accident or a traumatic physical assault. And not all scars are visible to the eye. Sometimes we carry internal scars caused by wounds from a verbal assault, emotional or psychological damage.

“We’re stronger in the places we’ve been broken.” – Ernest Hemingway

One thing all scars have in common is they tell us that at some point in time, trauma occurred. They also tell us by their nature, the incident that caused the trauma happened in the past. The hurt may or may not remain, but the scar always does.

Some may look at their scars and be unaffected or even laugh because they don’t have any recollection of the actual incident. They may have had surgery and been under anesthesia. Or, they may have received their wound in an accident but their memory of the event has been erased.

There are some people, however, who have to look in the mirror and live with negative memories associated with their scars every day. They are the ones I’m writing about today. Scars caused by abuse, neglect or violence. Their scars are a constant and merciless reminder of pain. The relentless pain of hatred, rejection or violence against their person or spirit. Those memories summon our worst nightmares and haunt us with torment. Sometimes the scars taunt as if to say, “You deserved what you got” or “You’ll never be good enough. You’ve got the scars to prove it”. They are reminders of the powerlessness in abusive encounters. To some, a permanent warning sign to stay inside an imposed boundary. And they can’t be erased. The most we can do is cover them so the world can’t see. Because if the world sees them, they will wonder how our scars came to be, and we can’t bare to reveal or re-live the trauma.

Donita’s mother burned her with cigarettes and left scars from beatings with an iron hanger. Veronica’s uncle sexually assaulted her and her sister leaving a different set of scars. The pain of shame on top of sexual assault with the pressure of keeping a secret no girl should have to bare. Morgan’s arm is scarred with needle marks from a life she desperately wants to forget from her drug-addicted past. As beautiful as she is, Chandler wears scars under her clothes from cutting. No one knows because she masks it with a fake smile. Shauna wears long sleeved blouses and lots of bracelets to cover her wrists after attempting suicide. Makeup and jewelry cannot completely hide years of abuse to Trina’s face and neck at the hands of an abusive husband. Women and girls with faces and bodies acid-burned by their own husbands, fathers, brothers and family members–people they should’ve been able to trust to love and protect them. Every single scar from abuse cries out, “Why me?” Our faces, our bodies, our minds and our spirits are such a deep part of our identity. When we are assaulted in any way that is meant to inflict injury and pain by another, visible or not, it is inexcusable. When it is self-inflicted pain or abuse, we hurt and scar the same.

Thankfully, as the saying goes, beauty truly can come from “ashes”. We can rise to a better place. The other thing that all scars have in common is they Tell a Story. Your story. A very personal story. A painful story. A pain-filled story. But yours, nonetheless. So what’s so great about having a personal painful story? Nothing. That is, nothing in and of itself. But your scars, our scars, tell us and the world, “I am here!” They say without speaking a word, “I lived through it!” THAT is the story. THAT is the grace. It is your badge of courage. It says you are a fighter, a victor.

The truth is, the scars are proof that you made it through. You are meant to be here. And maybe one day, you will come to understand that you lived (or made it through the pain) to tell your story so that others can learn from it. And in so doing, what someone tried to take away from you, (your confidence, self-worth, freedom, identity, voice) ended up positioning you to give strength (and courage and hope) to another. And in the process, gave you back the voice no one could ever truly take.

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2013

Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women is a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls. Launched in November 2009 by UN Women, Say NO – UNiTE showcases advocacy efforts and engages people from all walks of life, online and on the ground.(1)

Connect with Say No To Violence for news updates, stories, and ideas on how to get involved in your area. During the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign (November 25-December 10), people around the globe will be wearing orange to raise awareness and act in solidarity against the violence and oppression of women. How will you be involved?

INSPIRATION TO GET YOUR ORANGE ON:

  • Share your stories and messages on Twitter on how you “Orange Your World” during the 16 Days of Activism. (Use #orangeurworld on Twitter)
  • Wear orange, take a picture of yourself and share with the world why you are taking a stand by tweeting #Iwearorange because…
  • Join UN Women’s #AskPhumzile Twitter chat with Executive Director @phumzileunwomen (Date TBD)
  • Tweetup with @SayNO_UNiTE and worldwide friends at the end of the 16 Days of Activism on 10 December. (Check UNiTE website for further information as available)
  • Read International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • Visit “Orange Your World in 16 Days” on Facebook
  • Check out more social media sites: Google+,Pinterest, Instagram
  • Visit UN Women In Focus web page
  • Watch the UNiTE Campaign and Permanent Mission of Italy’s hosting of a Theatrical Performance called “Wounded to Death”.

Powerless and silence go together. -Margaret Atwood

Keep the flame of hope burning… Speak out against all forms of violence and oppression of women and girls, (and while you’re at it, wear orange!)

(1) Say NO-UniTE to End Violence Against Women website

Join me on Twitter @DestinysWomen

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women


“I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change.” –Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

This year, the UNITE Campaign is extending Orange Day to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, starting November 25, (International Day to End Violence Against Women), through December 10, (Human Rights Day).

The Secretary General’s Campaign UNITE to End Violence Against Women
has proclaimed the 25th of each month, “Orange Day”, stating: Among other actions, the Orange Day invites us to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay.

QUICK FACTS:

1 in 3 women & girls experience violence in their lifetime. Violence against women is never acceptable, and not inevitable.

Over 64 million girls worldwide are child brides. 1 in 3 girls will be married before they turn 18.

140 million girls & women have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It’s a form of violence against women and girls.

40-50% of women in EU countries face unwanted sexual advances or other forms of sexual harassment at work.

Ending violence against women is smart for economies. Intimate partner violence cost USD 5.8 billion in the US, GBP 22.9 billion in England and Wales, and AUD 13.6 billion in Australia.

Violence against women happens everywhere, every day. In cities, women are twice as likely as men to experience violence.

Every minute 1 young woman is infected with #HIV. Violence against women increases the risk of new infections.

Women are 2-4 times more likely than men to get HIV.

For 30% of women worldwide, their first sexual experience was forced.

Over half of all victims of sexual assault are girls under the age of 16.

Join advocates from around the world for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Share how you plan to “Orange Your World” (#orangeurworld) from November 25-December 10, with actions to end violence against women and girls. Together, we can raise our voices and make a difference!

Get Involved & Learn More.

Join me on Twitter @DestinysWomen

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™–”Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”

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Violence Against Women: The Last Word

Violence has long been used as a weapon to punish, marginalize and silence women, and to control their behavior, attitudes and actions. In the case of war crimes, it is used to inflict such terror that it causes those who observe it to become paralyzed by fear and ultimately heed the control. The actions of the men who devise, commit and insight others to violence will be considered successful if the violence–and the damage left in it’s destructive path–is allowed the last word.

According to a recent report, Afghanistan’s president Karzai supported a decree by a group of government-sponsored religious leaders that stated women are worth less than men, should not leave their home without a male escort, or mix with men at school or in the workplace. Very young girls can be given as wives to men many years older; and, if raped, forced to marry their rapist. Girls in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and other countries have long been subject to sexual harassment, violence and arranged marriages. In Indonesia, women are being asked not to provoke sexual violence. Though we are aware of specific cultures whose laws and ways are deeply rooted in belief systems unfavorable to women, we still find stories of gender-based violence rocking parts of Latin America, Africa and western nations as well. 

Choose Life, Choose Power

How do victims do more than just “stay alive” after the violence? Is it possible to go back to really “living” , to being whole again, when the loss and torment linger?  Are there women who not only survive, but thrive in the aftermath of such physical pain and emotional terror?  Yes, but how?  They choose to get up in the morning and not give up on their life–family, career, dreams… themselves–because of what happened to them. They choose to move forward.  But it’s easier said than done… In fact, how is it even possible?

By choosing what we think, what we dwell on, and not allowing an act, feeling, circumstance or experience to define us.

There’s the key: “Define”. Does it negate reality? No, but we give power to the things we choose to dwell on. If women who’ve suffered violence make a conscious decision to invoke negative memories, to relive the details of the things that caused them great pain and suffering,  and to keep their abuser at the forefront of their thoughts, they are, in essence, choosing to live there (or at least hang out there), instead of in the present.  In contrast, to think on the equal reality of who they are and their God-given destinies–that they were born into this world for a reason and that their unique life has a purpose that is good–they choose life, they choose freedom…  They choose POWER.

The Experience Does Not Define Her

The pain and fear is excrutiatingly real, but it is only a part of her story. It is not the definition of her life. The violence and marginalization of her personhood are things she experienced, yes; but she musn’t give the experience permission to dictate the rest of her story. She was victimized and had an experience that cannot be erased. Thankfully, it is also true that she has a future and hope. She lived through it for a reason, and that is to live–really LIVE.

While covering the Egyptian uprisings in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, American journalist Lara Logan, found herself surrounded by an angry mob of men and spirited away from her CBS film crew. She was viciously stripped and suffered a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault.  In her testimony, she spoke of learning to live with the triggers of trauma, unwelome flashbacks, incapacitating anxiety and, nightmares and/or fears, joining many other women who have suffered violence.  She pointed out how difficult the healing process can be even when trying to maintain a positive attitude.

What keeps her going?  Like so many others, it is the people she’s met along the way. She thinks about the strength it has taken for others to go on after their families have been massacred, or, those who live in countries where women can’t speak out at all.

The Last Word

She recalled one woman in Africa who was raped and disemboweled, who said she “had to live” because she wasn’t going to give her attackers everything. Lara Logan knows in part, how that woman felt. She had her own brutal experience. She has her own memories and emotions to deal with.  That’s part of what drives her today.  She chose to take back her power, believe in her own destiny, and refuses to be defined by the attack. So, STAND–even if it takes everything in you, because the last word is yours, and you are worth it!

Maybe you (or someone you care about) has been a victim of violence. How have you been able to take back your power by not allowing the incident to define you, or your tomorrow? 

Related Reading: Lara Logan: Life is Not About Dwelling on the Bad, Women in the World Summit, Congo Women: Women of War, Women of Courage

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is confidential, free and available in more than 170 languages. 800-799-SAFE (7233).

(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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Congo Women: Women of War, Women of Courage


Are the women you know free to work, pursue an education and contribute to society? Do they dare to laugh, sing and dream out loud? Sadly, many women from war-ravaged nations, including the Congo, believe these simple freedoms are unattainable–valuable treasures beyond their reach.

Congo – The Reality on the Ground

Congo ranks among the top 3 most dangerous countries in the world for women. More than 5.4 million people have died as a result of mass murder, famine, and disease brought on by the Congo’s devastating conflict. According to A Thousand Sisters, Eastern Congo is often called “The worst place on earth to be a woman,” as concluded by a panel of gender experts assembled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Sexual violence is pandemic.

“Deep in the bush, what better way is there to keep everyone subdued, than to rape every man’s mother, sister or wife?” –-Dr. Mvuama

Dr. Mvuama treats victims of war and says armed groups raid and loot villages, raping women, children and sometimes babies or men to control the people though terror, according to a VOA News report.

From the mouths of terrorist rebels: “I raped, killed and stole from people,” said one; and, “I killed and raped. I loved being drunk and raping women. I have even killed children,” said another in a chilling statement devoid of any conscience. For the full story, visit Africa Stories. The Journal of Public Health report and UNICEF also collaborate the staggering reports, estimating more than one thousand woman and girls are being raped every day—a rate equivalent to 48 rapes every hour. Many women and girls are also sexually mutilated, infected with AIDS and/or are impregnated by rebel soldiers.

“It is now more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier in modern conflict.” –Maj. Gen Patrick Cammaert, Ex-force Commander for Eastern DRC

Congo – A Higher Truth

When the evils of this world seek to suck the life out of every good, honorable and living thing, we must not cower in defeat or shame. They want us to believe it is impossible, that our fate is sealed–as if to declare victory as they dance on our graves. But as the saying goes, “It’s not over until it’s over”. As long as there is breath, there is life!
Take a stand, raise your voice, hold a sister’s hand and walk together.

“May our prayers never relent until the earth stands at attention and witnesses heaven unleash it’s justice” –April McCallum

Bonds of Love, Bonds for Life

Have you heard the expression, “What you wish you could do for many, do for just one”? It’s about going there together. Here are a few ways you can raise awareness and help create immediate impact for our Congo sisters:

Act & Share:
Run for Congo Women Events – Promote and/or Participate
Write & Blog – Related Article Advocating for Congolese Women
Sponsor a Congolese Sister – Women for Women International
Join Eastern Congo Initiative – Synergy of Women for Sexual Violence Victims
Be a Political Advocate – Use Your Voice for those who don’t yet have one!
In the U.S. Call 202-456-1111 or Send an Email to the White House
View & Share:
Crisis in the Congo, Uncovering the Truth
Congo Story: War, Women and Rape
Who is YOUR Sister?
Read & Share:
Running for Their Lives by Stephanie Riggs, Colorado View Magazine
A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman by Lisa Shannon
No Justice for Women in DRC, Amnesty International
Stronger Women, Stronger Nation – Amplifying the Voices of Women in Eastern Congo, Women for Women International

It takes zero courage to brutalize a woman or child, only cowardice. Those who rise from the ashes against all odds, THEY are the ones worthy of our honor. They are the true heroes, the brave and the strong. They will be loved and learn to love again. And, they will rebuild their lives with our help. We salute you–women of war, women of courage… Women of Destiny!

© By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women

(Photo by David Dennis)

Sources: UNHCR, UNICEF, WfWi, VOA News, ABC News, Amnesty International

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Stalking and Women

 

If you think stalking is just about a jaded lover, crazed fan, or strange co-worker here or there, think again.

Approximately 1 million women are stalked every year in the U.S. –Department of Justice

 

 

What Exactly is Stalking?

Stalking is a crime of power and control. 

Although legal definitions vary depending on where you live, the National Institute of Justice defines it as: “a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated (two or more occasions) visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.”

The National Center for Victims of Crime defines it this way: “Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”

Behaviors at a Glance

-Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email

-Following the victim to their home, school, work, or places of recreation 

-Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim, the victim’s children, relatives, friends, or pets

Stalking is a Mixed Bag

Stalking may also include persistent patterns of leaving or sending the victim unwanted items or gifts that may range from seemingly romantic to bizarre, laying in wait for the victim, damaging or threatening to damage the victim’s property, defaming the victim’s character, or harassing the victim via the Internet by posting personal information or spreading rumors about the victim.

Electronic & Cyberstalking

As if stalking isn’t creepy enough, stalkers can now track you down, follow you, and peep into your world at the flick of a button–through the computer. Stalking can also be carried out via electronic mechanisms (phone, fax, GPS devices or cameras). Cyberstalking happens when a stalker obtains and uses personal information (according to stalking laws) about the victim by using Internet search services or uses computer spyware.

With the proliferation of online sites, services and personal information made public, stalkers have far more access to their targets than ever before. If you have a Facebook or MySpace account, for example, it’s very important to take precautions to secure your privacy.  Although cyberstalking does not involve physical contact with a victim, it is still a very serious crime. 

As part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2005, Congress extended the Federal interstate stalking statute to include cyberstalking (18 U.S.C. §2261 A). 

Effects of Stalking on Victims

Being stalked can be a terrifying experience for victims, placing them at risk of psychological trauma and physical harm.  Many women who realize they are being stalked for the very first time may say they feel “spooked”, “caught off guard”, “startled”, or, “creeped out”. When they begin to notice a pattern, however, it takes their mind and emotions to a whole new level. It’s the difference between surprise and fear.  When a woman is stalked, she can instantly go from feeling free and confident to vulnerable and terrorized. 

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Once it escalates to something that’s not going away—she realizes she’s got a serious problem on her hands.  While there are various reasons and methods for stalking, control is a major factor. When women feel controlled by their stalker, they feel helpless and out of control

Reporting a Stalker, Obtaining a Restraining Order and Fear

Do report stalking to the police—it is a crime!  Do file a restraining order—it is your right.  But also be aware that many stalkers ignore restraining orders, so you need to protect yourself in other ways as well.

Victims who reported being stalked were significantly more likely to have an active restraining order against the suspect.

They are also more likely to have previously requested notification of further action in the case.  It’s interesting and relevant to note that the victims were significantly less likely to be emotionally distraught at the time of the report–which emphasizes the critical role of fear in stalking crimes.

The high-profile domestic violence, kidnapping, and rape cases that make the news often have their roots in stalking.

Taking Extra Precautions 

Be sure to tell your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors if necessary, so they will also be on high alert. It may also help to provide a photo. If you have children, notify the authorities at the school or places they frequent as well. The more eyes and ears on the street for your safety, the better. You may need to change your regular routines (where you shop, eat, work out). Get a new phone number and/or switch your email addresses and profiles. 

Bad to Worse

No person’s actions should make another person feel fear and anxiety to the degree that they have to rearrange their personal liberties, just to feel safe.  It may seem like a hassle but it might save you from things going from bad to worse.  Too many women underestimate the seriousness of stalking as a crime, especially when they know their stalker.  They tend to rationalize the stalker’s behavior thinking they won’t cross a more serious line.

The obvious alert should be: they have already crossed a line. They are intruding in your life and on your freedom, and they refuse to stop. You need to interpret that belligerence and disrespect as a warning.  Kick fear in the teeth–protect yourself and take back control.

For more information, read the Special Report, “Stalking Victimization in the United States” by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime

© by April McCallum, Destiny’s Women

(Photos by Sam Mugraby, Ferdi, andronicusmax )

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The Clothesline Project: Honoring Women Victims and Survivors of Violence


How would you feel if someone hung your deepest darkest secrets out on a clothesline for everyone to see?  Your hurts, fears, betrayal, anguish and shame just blowing in the wind?

Women are doing just that across the world!

 

THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT

The Clothesline Project was designed as a voice for victims of rape, battering, incest and child sexual abuse–and to honor victims and survivors of intimate violence. As its tagline states, it has been: “Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women for over 20 years”.

The idea of women exchanging information over backyard fences while hanging clothes on a line, prompted something special in visual artist, Rachel Carey-Harper. It presented a unique vehicle for raising awareness about the issues surrounding the violence and oppression of women. True to its objective, it created something remarkable—something that would leave an imprint on viewers, while also acting as an exercise to promote healing.

 

“The concept was simple – let each woman tell her story in her own unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate her shirt. Once finished, she would then hang her shirt on the clothesline. This very action serves many purposes. It acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline; it becomes a healing tool for anyone who makes a shirt – by hanging the shirt on the line, survivors, friends and family can literally turn their back on some of that pain of their experience and walk away; finally it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.”

At a distance, they look like beautiful colors gently blowing in the breeze. As you draw closer though, you see more than just beautiful colors. You see the shattered lives of women.  The t-shirts hang out for anyone to see.  To see the messages that are written on the outside of the shirts, but more powerfully, from inside of the women— messages from their hearts and minds.

Some represent the victims themselves while others are from family and friends who use their voices to speak on behalf of their loved ones. As individual as each woman and each crime is, so too are the messages they want to convey to the world and to their oppressors. Some are statements of what happened to them, like the one that simply says: “Rape”. Others are messages to their abuser: “I hate you for what you did, you took my innocence and happiness”, while others are messages to themselves: “I Am Beautiful!”; or, from loved ones: “She didn’t deserve to be hurt!”

RAINBOWS OF HOPE

The shirts are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced. 

White represents women who died because of violence

Yellow or Beige represents battered or assaulted women

Red, Pink, and Orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault

Blue and Green represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse

Purple or Lavender represent women attacked because of their sexual orientation

Black is for women attacked for political reasons

BREAKING THROUGH THE SHROUD OF SILENCE

Profound and often difficult to read, the messages displayed in a kaleidoscope of color are reminiscent of a rainbow, reminding us thankfully — that there is hope.

“It is the very process of designing a shirt that gives each woman a new voice with which to expose an often horrific and unspeakable experience that has dramatically altered the course of her life. Participating in this project provides a powerful step towards helping a survivor break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded her experience.”

CREATING & ADVOCATING — THE VOICES SPEAK 

–       Daddy please stop!   

–       30 years later am I still screaming?   

–       I hate every evil act done toward women

–       It started when I was 2

–       Every child deserves their childhood

–      Who was to save me from you?

–       My baby, she was killed in a satanic ritual, I was only 14

–       Don’t suffer in silence

–       In loving memory… You Are Free!


© by April McCallum, Destiny’s Women

(Photos by Al Fed, Mallory Dowd, Cheryl Wolfe, Michael Hanscom)

The Clothesline Project (CLP) started as a program on Cape Cod, MA in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women.  Start your own Clothesline Project.

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