I’d like to thank everyone who left a comment and shared my post, “Men Must Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence: My Personal Pledge,” on their social networks. During the month of October, my post received 110 comments and 106 social media reactions. Because of your efforts, domestic violence was a major topic of discussion across the web (this controversial post from a reader’s comment generated much discussion).
If you recall, I promised to donate $1 of my own money to the Houston Area Women’s Center for each comment that was posted up to $500. Although I didn’t reach my goal of 500 comments, I will donate the full amount.
But my work doesn’t end with this donation. I will continue speaking out against domestic violence and encouraging others to do the same. I especially want to get more men to take a stand. Too many men are silent because they believe that domestic violence is a female issue. Both genders are affected by domestic violence – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Therefore, men and women must make their voices heard.
Here are a few ways that you can help:
- Please post the pledge on your blog and help spread the message. If you aren’t a blogger, share the message with your friends, family, and acquaintances.
- If you are committing acts of violence, stop. Seek counseling from a professional.
- Volunteer at your local women’s shelter or support financially.
- If someone you know is in a violent relationship, keep the lines of communication open. Domestic violence victims suffer most when they feel isolated from family and friends.