Life requires us to make thousands of decisions on a daily basis. Some of these decisions are so mundane we don’t even realize we are making them. Others require us to make some exceptionally brave choices.
What does bravery mean to you?
“It means you have to be brave from a monster.” – Sami, age 6
“Being brave is doing something you are afraid to do but try anyway.” – Sarah, age 10
“Bravery makes me think of the first time I jumped off the high diving board.” – Lindsey, age 7
“It means not afraid – never afraid to try.” – Rachel, age 11
There are brave women all around us. We may not always recognize them or know what they endure in their homes. Perhaps it is physical assault, emotional abuse, sexual assault or the suffering from another person’s pattern of abusive behavior, dominance and need for control.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten and an astounding one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. One in four.
Think of the four women closest to you and then consider the possibility, if you haven’t already, what one of those women has to endure at the hands of her husband or boyfriend. Think of her children, who have to be a witness to it. Sadly, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. Twice as likely.
The Brave Woman campaign is a movement to shift personal and public perception of women facing domestic violence situations from one of a victim mentality to one of courage and strength. Brave Woman supports the one in four women who are forced to make difficult decisions every day due to domestic violence, because there is incredible bravery involved in breaking free. They want every woman to know that she and her children have the support and resources they need to live without fear and become free from family violence. You can find out more at: http://www.BraveWoman.org.
Join us for a Twitter party to support the Brave Woman campaign on December 19th at 1:00 pm EST using the hashtags #BraveWoman and #CBias. You can follow Brave Woman on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/Brave_Woman, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ABraveWoman, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/ABraveWoman.
“Bravery means to stand up for yourself, be confident and to never give up.” – Noelle, age 9
“Being brave is standing up to someone.” – Emily, age 7
“Bravery means strength, not scared of anything – someone who is strong and can fight off monsters.” – Kaia, age 9
So what does bravery mean to you?
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #BraveWoman #CBias Before writing this post, I asked a few friends to ask their daughters what bravery means to them. No other information was provided to them. Many thanks to Sami, Lindsey, Sarah, Rachel, Noelle, Emily and Kaia for their input. Sources: http://domesticviolencestatistics.org and http://www.ncadv.org.