In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America today, Jana Kramer, country music sensation / "Dancing with the Stars" contender, publicly opened up about how she's stepping forward into a very hopeful future following the highly abusive marriage that almost took her life, including her desire to empower abused women experiencing similar in their lives. Her hair raising account of hiding in the bushes while praying for help is not necessarily unlike stories that many survivors of domestic violence share. She tells this story and others with a tearful poignancy not arising from victimhood, but from her realization that her Life was being stolen and she needed to seek safety and remedy her situation. Her abuser was eventually convicted and imprisoned, but released over time, thus adding unending stress to Jana's life. (He eventually committed suicide.) If you are being abused or know of someone who is being abused, click this link to today's Good Morning America segment and share. Please! Jana Kramer's account may save your life or the life of someone you know!
During October's Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month, Esperanza! A Woman's Hope extends appreciation to those who have supported us. Sending a Special Thumbs Up to Karen Howard and Groovie Girl Jewelry for providing items donated to a local battered women's shelter. Join Us in helping to STOP Domestic Violence! Your support is sincerely appreciated!
Honoring Monica Reese! A tenacious survivor of domestic violence who is enthusiastically committed to serving her community, her church, her family (always) and her friends, Monica is a true role model for women experiencing abuse, and is a participant in the Esperanza! A Woman's Hope "Survivors Stepping Forward" project. Inviting you to view Monica's video and her message at https://youtu.be/sChBJvIPZRY (BTW: She's available to inspire and motivate through sharing her story with your group or organization. Find her on FB!)
As most of you know, October launches Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness month, dedicated to Courageous Survivors who have taken a stand against abuse, while honoring those who are no longer with us. Supportive Friends are a Gift and a Blessing when you're caught in the Cycle of Abuse! The young woman in this photo is myself, decades ago, as a young, married college student. The note was sent by a friend, who as it turned out had also been abused, survived, and successfully moved forward with her life. Esperanza! A Woman's Hope is focused on helping Survivors of Domestic Violence here in Georgia with funding for job skills upgrade and related programs. If you are a Survivor, Reach out to us! If you are a Benefactor, Help Make A Difference, Today! We invite you to e-mail us for additional information! Thank You!
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This June 29th Segment from National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program sheds shocking new light on life-threatening compromises that many abused women find themselves overwhelmed by in the face of abuse. Text and audio available. http://www.npr.org/2016/06/29/482615176/for-low-income-victims-nuisance-laws-force-ultimatum-silence-or-eviction
6 Companies Where You Can Work Your Way Up to A Six-Figure Job - and Some with Tuition Benefits to Boot!
This link leads to a recent article in Penny Hoarder that sheds light on six awesome companies, with great company culture, which have training programs and will promote their employees within for Six-Figure management level positions. Some provide tuition reimbursement programs, as well. Definitely worth checking out!
• Whole Foods
• Trader Joe's
• Proctor and Gamble
• Plus some Start-Ups listed in the article
Yesterday, we were celebrating International Women's Day, hosting local / global women's circles and attending live streaming events, but many of Georgia's women were not available to celebrate. I dislike being so graphic on a beautiful, spring-like day here in Georgia, but according to a recently published State Fatality Review report, Georgia experienced more Domestic Violence related deaths during year-end 2015 than it has in the past 10 years. Statistics: 139 DV Deaths total. 80% Fire Arm related. 12,000 Children affected, with 1/3 of these Children witnessing the violence. Who is accountable here? Are ineffective FVIP (Family Violence Intervention Programs) to blame? Why are abusers / perpetrators irresponsibly allowed to remain in possession of their weapons? Where are the broken links? How can they be repaired? What has happened and WHY?
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The creator of this blog is a survivor of domestic violence who believes that women need to escape the cycle of abuse so that they can Succeed and Lead! My non-profit organization, Esperanza! A Woman's Hope, is focused on helping survivors who are moving forward in life. Inviting all Survivors to join in Celebrating the Journey to Empowerment and Success!