I've heard it said singing opens up your heart. Sometimes I read and see too much that simply makes me ache, because I feel so small and incapable and I don't know what to do with that smallness. Then I sit and sing something familiar, like an old hymn, where the words don't really seem to matter even, and I soften for a while and feel love sinking into my bones again and an expansion in my chest. Maybe I can't solve too many big things with that, but I find a source of love and remember who I am and move a little more gently throughout my day, noticing more and breathing slower. So, I'm writing this as a reminder for myself to sing more and love more without holding back, and sing with others in the same deep way I do on my own and then, to go on through my day with intention. #tattoosandhymns#lovemore#embraceyourvoice
From our friends at Refuge, this poem is one of a series relaying a strong message on how dangerous the holidays can be to domestic violence victims. Read this poem forward. Then read this poem backwards for a glimpse into the Christmas season from the eyes of a victim. For more, visit @refugecharity
Sarah’s Inn of Oak Park is offering a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training beginning in January 2019. For more info, contact Colleen Sutkus, Director of Training & Education, at (708) 386-3305 x1026 or email@example.com. To download the registration form, visit bit.ly/sarahsinnform or click on the link in our bio. ⬆️ @sarahsinnoakpark
Our December newsletter is now available on our website! It’s been a busy end to 2018 but we’re excited for all that is happening and all that is to come in the new year. Click on the link in our bio or visit bit.ly/dvodec2018news Christmas season blessings to you and yours!
Make sure your voice is represented at Western! It’s On Us WWU endorses the following candidates: Laura Meerdink (CHSS), Nicole Wood (Woodring), Nina-Tuyen Tran (CSE), and Dayjha McMillan (Fairhaven). #vote#embraceyourvoice
When I was about 6 years old, I experienced something that I could never forget. These two boys who were “older” than me that I used to play bikes with, who I thought were my friends, cornered me and grabbed, played, and showed their genitals in front of me. I was sitting in a bench in a small empty park, and they tried to peek through my green shorts. As a young girl, I was confused, pressured, and didn’t know what to do so I just sat there covered my face with my two hands and cried. I was so confused that I couldn’t even run, reported to my parents or anyone. Unfortunately, I’m one of the 81% of women who had experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime. Another statistic shows that 80% of people who have experienced sexual harassment, never file a formal complaint about it. Yup, I’m one of them. But for the first time, I was able to tell someone yesterday. It somewhat relieved me, but still the scar is still there. I think it’s VERY IMPORTANT to raise this awareness and teach these kids since at their young age. You never know who, when, and how it would happen. Today I’m sharing my voice. #metoo#timesup#womensmarch
Did you happen to see the latest report on domestic violence from the UN? It is now considered the most common killer of women worldwide. To read more, visit bit.ly/dvworldwide or click on the link in our bio. ⬆️
Today is the day! Although we are a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago, we receive no funding and rely on donations and money raised to continue our mission. Help us provide training and resources for parishes in Chicagoland and throughout the US by making a donation today. Click on the link in our bio or visit bit.ly/acdvogivingtuesday
Busy week ahead with #GivingTuesday in only two days! Please consider donating to the Domestic Violence Outreach to help us continue the services and training we provide for local parish and staff ministries, educational resources, and outreach to other dioceses throughout the country. Many thanks from all of us at the ACDVO!
It's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it.
Violence against women continues to be an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace as well as to the fulfillment of women and girls’ human rights.
Today also marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism. The time is now to make a change!
#whatnext#OrangeUrWorld#OrangeTheWorld#HearMeToo , #EndVAW
THE WORDS BELOW ARE SO IMPORTANT. When Priya first left this message, i told her she needed to post them so i could share it. Just read them.
#Repost @glowwithpriya (@get_repost)
That space between acceptance and hiding. Am I accepting myself in this moment or am I hiding behind the shame? The parts of me I wished didn’t exist, that I want to erase away.
Yoga for me is now about facing that shame, for uncovering the root cause. It’s accepting that it’s there. No hiding behind a pose that’s screams ‘look at me...look how strong I am’ yet the pain behind the pose is LOUD! The pain of pushing to be the perfect person, the pain of becoming the perfect pose. Causing injury and further shame.
I see practices today that focus on burying your shame, that encourage you to push through the poses and convince you that you are getting stronger. In reality you grow weaker & start to break. You disconnect from your true self. You forget to listen, you forget to hear the soft loving voice within that’s showing you the way.
There may be texts that are thousands of years old telling us it’s this way. Just because someone wrote it down it doesn’t mean that we cannot find our own yoga, our dance, our own connection to who we are. They may provide some ideas and tools, but only you have the key to unlock your truth, your power, your GLOWING LIGHT WITHIN!
Shame may be standing in your way right now. Step by step, moment by moment you can start accepting the shame as a cover up story and start to uncover the layers to the root cause. We carry shame from our past, our ancestors, & even past lives. We can start to let go of these stories and move forwards with love, compassion and kindness.
TRUTH - this image carried shame for me, until today when I saw the deeper meaning behind it.
📷 @chekaphotography thank you for capturing this beautiful imperfect..perfect moment
This post was inspired by my beautiful friend @miriammakesthings whose honesty & courage shines everyday
Monday Motivation: The #1Thing Campaign from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence was promoted throughout October and continues on this morning raising awareness for domestic violence. What is one thing you can do to raise awareness, create change, or help in the movement to end domestic violence?
Please mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on November 27th! #GivingTuesday was designated as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to encourage an international day of giving and goodwill kicking off the Christmas and holiday shopping season (following Black Friday and Cyber Monday). This year, please consider making a donation to the Domestic Violence Outreach as every dollar contributes to expanding our ministry in Chicagoland and throughout other dioceses in the country. Follow the link in our bio or visit bit.ly/acdvogivingtuesday
Day 4 of the #voiceandbodychallenge .
Here's the thing. When I came up with this theme earlier in the week, I had a nice, clever little idea of whispering some lyrics and crawling about and doing something fun. But this morning it sounded super lame. And I couldn't think of a clever way to do it. I was super regretting choosing this. I mean, I DO NOT SING. So how was I meant to do this? I couldn't quit on my own challenge.
Then @glowwithpriya posted hers. And I realised how much I was still hiding, still searching for a cop out.
So this is a multi layered offering, like the richest piece of baklava, in love and gratitude, to whatever spirit is hiding behind this challenge. Because truly, it's not just mine.
A layer for dearest Priya, who inspired me to step into boldness in a way I never believed I could.
A birthday layer for @mrsjowright , who will understand the song, and perhaps also the invitation to step into her own magic a little deeper, on this trip around the sun.
A layer for this student of mine, Gerry, who won't even see this as he doesn't use the internet, but once told me I had a song in me, as all people did, and I doubted him.
And... for you. Today, more so than ever, I invite you to join me. To create, to share, to sing.
With love and music in my heart to yours.
Let’s begin our Monday with a prayer for domestic violence victims; that they may find hope and light in Jesus, are able to break their silence, and to ultimately be free from an abusive relationship. 💟
Throughout November, we are using the hashtag #NoShameNovember to support survivors and reduce shame surrounding the issue of sexual violence. Help us empower survivors by reminding them of their bravery, strength, and courage. We believe and empathize with survivors and their stories. If you need to talk, we are here for you 24/7. #hereforyou#embraceyourvoice#NoShameNovember
Our Fall 2018 Newsletter is now available! Read the latest happenings and work within our ministry including a recap of the 3rd Annual Domestic Violence Survivors Mass and a very busy October filled with events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Visit bit.ly/dvofall2018news or click on the link in our bio!
“I remember sitting there thinking, what just happened? This doesn’t happen: not in the military, not in the Marine Corps, not to me.” This quote is from Megan Brauer, a survivor of rape. Here is her story, https://www.rainn.org/survivor-stories/megan #SurvivorStory#StandUp#EmbraceYourVoice
ACDVO Director, Father Charles Dahm, was in the southside Chicago neighborhood of Beverly this past weekend preaching about domestic violence and the work of our ministry. He shares with us this photo and message: “This Sunday I preached at the famous St. Barnabas parish, a very active parish in the Beverly community with strong Irish roots. I found a very welcoming parish with a great community spirit, and received applause for every homily. They were hungry to hear about the Church’s position on domestic violence.”
Last Monday, the domestic violence ministries of Ascension, St. Luke, and St. Edmund held a Silent Witness Exhibit and presentation. Survivors, Denise and Ellen, spoke about overcoming domestic abuse and shared their personal stories. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and attended!