to hold and caress
not to punch
for any kind
October, in case you didn’t know, is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month AND National Bullying Prevention Month. It is sad that these issues need months set aside to talk about them but I’m glad for whatever light can be shone. I personally think these are issues that we should talk about all the time…until they no longer exist. Truthfully, talk alone isn’t enough. Each of us needs to take action as well. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone that they shouldn’t hurt other people, right? Yet, look around.
It goes beyond that of course… not only should you not hurt people (yourself or others) or participate with those who do, you also shouldn’t be a silent bystander. If you cannot get personally involved…at the very least say something to those who can.
IF, you know someone who is being abused, speak up.
Remember, the smallest action on your part could make a life and death difference.
IF, you know someone who is an abuser, speak up.
One of the ways we can make a difference is by not accepting this behavior. We have to let the perpetrators know this is not ok. When friends and family turn a blind eye this makes both the abuser and the abused feel that what is happening is acceptable. Break the cycle. Educate yourself and please educate your children.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
“Why can’t you take a joke”
“You are so sensitive”
“I wish you had never been born”
“Worthless piece of shit”
Verbal abuse is often dismissed, overlooked or glossed over as a lesser abuse. Not so! Verbal abuse can cause lasting damage. Choose and use your words wisely.
Verbal abuse can occur in any relationship regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation.
The abuser can be a parent, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, teacher, classmate… it is about control.
Jokes at your expense
As children we are taught “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me” but that is not true. Words are weapons sometimes they cut, they bruise, they scar.
There is still time to send in your submissions for October. I have gotten a couple emails about forgetting/running out of time to get submissions in…AND being that I am behind on things anyway 😉 I decided to extend the deadline.
Remember, October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month & National Bullying Prevention Month so we decided to keep our topic aligned. So send in your art, your poetry, songs…anything at all taking a stand against ANY type of violence ( Domestic Violence, Bullying, Child Abuse, Hate Crimes… )
Artists 4 Peace Against Violence
October 1st October 6th!
Selected Entries will be posted October 15th
AND as always…..Feel free to send in any other Peace related art at any time for consideration to be posted throughout the month. Remember just blog as you normally would and then email a link to your post to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration!
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