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#MeToo sexual harassment doesn't discriminate. It is happening ALL AROUND THE WORLD. No matter your race, color, religion, gender, or age." #metoomovement #embraceyourvoice #supportsurvivors
Please mark your calendar for a special Prayer Service to end domestic violence on Wednesday, October 24th, at St. Catherine of Alexandria. Details here!
Please mark your calendar for a special Prayer Service to end domestic violence on Wednesday, October 24th, at St. Catherine of Alexandria. Details here!
I think this ought to be printed out poster size and hung in every studio, home and workplace!
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This process of unearthing your voice, your truth, its a powerful path. #embraceyourvoice

Thank you @emilymcdowell_ for creating what we all need to hear!

#truth #wisdom #vocalyogi #singersofinstagram #voiceteacher #voiceteachersofinstagram #singer #singers
Tomorrow, Friday, October 19th! Join our friends at Pillars Community Health for the 4th Annual Silent Witness/Survivor Speak Out! Details here! 💟
Tomorrow, Friday, October 19th! Join our friends at Pillars Community Health for the 4th Annual Silent Witness/Survivor Speak Out! Details here! 💟
"1st time I was sexually assaulted, I was 6. It had nothing to do with what I was wearing. I did not ask for it or give consent. #MeToo." #embraceyourvoice #webelieveyou #supportsurvivors #metoomovement
St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge hosts a panel discussion on Monday, October 22nd, at 7:00pm. Panelists include our very own Father Charles Dahm (ACDVO Director), Geri Silic (Park Ridge Police Dept), Judge Aurelia Pucinski (IL Appellate Court), and Jessica Caccavallo (Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault). Don’t miss this event and discussion on ways domestic violence victims can move forward in their lives. Info noted here!
St. Paul of the Cross in Park Ridge hosts a panel discussion on Monday, October 22nd, at 7:00pm. Panelists include our very own Father Charles Dahm (ACDVO Director), Geri Silic (Park Ridge Police Dept), Judge Aurelia Pucinski (IL Appellate Court), and Jessica Caccavallo (Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault). Don’t miss this event and discussion on ways domestic violence victims can move forward in their lives. Info noted here!
"When you're told no one can corroborate your story, that doesn't stop your story from being true. #MeToo" #embraceyourvoice #webelieveyou #supportsurvivors
"It can happen to anyone. It is NEVER your fault. You're not alone. It happened to #MeToo." #embraceyourvoice #webelieveyou #supportsurvivors #metoomovement
One year ago #metoo reignited. In honour of this anniversary we are posting the original tweet that launched this proclamation from a moment to a movement. We are here to remind all survivors of their inner strength, bravery and courage. Survivors, embrace your voice on your own time. When you are ready, we will be here. We hear and believe you. #supportsurvivors #endvaw #embraceyourvoice
One year ago #metoo  reignited. In honour of this anniversary we are posting the original tweet that launched this proclamation from a moment to a movement. We are here to remind all survivors of their inner strength, bravery and courage. Survivors, embrace your voice on your own time. When you are ready, we will be here. We hear and believe you. #supportsurvivors  #endvaw  #embraceyourvoice 
Holy Spirit Life Learning Center in Chicago is hosting several great events and services for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Check them out!
Holy Spirit Life Learning Center in Chicago is hosting several great events and services for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Check them out!
On this day, one year ago, the #metoo movement reignited. To honor the start of this movement we are posting the original tweet from @milano_alyssa. We're here to remind all survivors of their inner strength and bravery. We encourage survivors to embrace their voice, in their own timeframe.  #metoomovement #embraceyourvoice #webelieveyou #supportsurvivors
On this day, one year ago, the #metoo  movement reignited. To honor the start of this movement we are posting the original tweet from @milano_alyssa. We're here to remind all survivors of their inner strength and bravery. We encourage survivors to embrace their voice, in their own timeframe. #metoomovement  #embraceyourvoice  #webelieveyou  #supportsurvivors 
Just a simple reminder!
Just a simple reminder!
"For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is UP.” _
#Throwback to this year’s Golden Globes. @oprah became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and delivered a powerhouse speech. It’s been a year since the rise of #MeToo and although 1000s of women across the globe have found the courage to share their experiences not enough has changed. We’re asking #WhatNext
"For too long women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is UP.” _ #Throwback  to this year’s Golden Globes. @oprah became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and delivered a powerhouse speech. It’s been a year since the rise of #MeToo  and although 1000s of women across the globe have found the courage to share their experiences not enough has changed. We’re asking #WhatNext 
Community event today 9am-11am at Park Circle! Walk A Mile in Her Shoes @mysistershouseinc #selfcare #peopleagainstrape #PAR #youarenotalone #itsnotyourfault #webelieveyou #makeadifference #embraceyourvoice #believesurvivors
Just Let Go of Everything that doesn't serve You any more in life. Only when you Let go, You can Bring in New things, People, Situations which will enrich you in Life and help you Transform your life. .
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Just Let Go of Everything that doesn't serve You any more in life. Only when you Let go, You can Bring in New things, People, Situations which will enrich you in Life and help you Transform your life. . . .
Please join the Domestic Violence ministries of Ascension, St. Luke, and St. Edmund for a Silent Witness Exhibit this Monday, October 15th, at 7:00pm at Ascension Church in Oak Park.
Please join the Domestic Violence ministries of Ascension, St. Luke, and St. Edmund for a Silent Witness Exhibit this Monday, October 15th, at 7:00pm at Ascension Church in Oak Park.
We enjoyed supporting the @hhforwomen at their annual #WalkAMile event. #embraceyourvoice #preventionispossible #dvam #community #romega #empowersurvivors
“You should’ve dressed less provocatively” “You shouldn’t have gotten so drunk!” “Why did you put yourself that in risky situation?”
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Victim blaming is when people are told to change their own behaviour to avoid being assaulted or raped. This can reinforce the belief that somehow it is the vicitms fault when they are attacked. 
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Let’s be clear. Rapists are the only reason that people get raped. 
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Everyone has the right to live in an environment free from the fear of harassment or violence.
“You should’ve dressed less provocatively” “You shouldn’t have gotten so drunk!” “Why did you put yourself that in risky situation?” _ Victim blaming is when people are told to change their own behaviour to avoid being assaulted or raped. This can reinforce the belief that somehow it is the vicitms fault when they are attacked. _ Let’s be clear. Rapists are the only reason that people get raped. _ Everyone has the right to live in an environment free from the fear of harassment or violence.
#WhatNext? Repost @huffpostwomen
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Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in to the Supreme Court Monday despite accusations of sexual assault by several women, failed to secure his name’s URL. It was scooped up by Fix The Court, a judicial reform organization. Now, visitors to BrettKavanaugh.com are invited to click on links to resources for survivors of sexual assault. // 📷: brettkavanaugh.com
#WhatNext ? Repost @huffpostwomen ・・・ Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in to the Supreme Court Monday despite accusations of sexual assault by several women, failed to secure his name’s URL. It was scooped up by Fix The Court, a judicial reform organization. Now, visitors to BrettKavanaugh.com are invited to click on links to resources for survivors of sexual assault. // 📷: brettkavanaugh.com
I often get asked where my daughters get such curly hair from and I am often met with looks of confusion since I haven't worn my natural curls in so many years when I say from myself... But this is the result of going to bed with wet hair... nothing else. No perm. No curling wand. No mousse. Just a little moisture and dry time... Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my curls and that's not why I punish and damage my hair into being straight or at the most wavy... my curls are beautiful but as most things that are beautiful in nature, they are hard to control.. and style... and f**ing frizzy problems for days in dry heat!! With today being all about moving girls forward in the world and embracing their natural powerful abilities and voices, I felt like maybe I should post a picture of myself, no makeup, no altering of myself, first thing after waking up, embracing myself and my individual voice and power. If I do nothing else successfully in my life, I WILL raise strong, powerful, brilliant, independent girls and intelligent, kind boys who help, respect and admire them. 
#naturalhairstyles #curlyhair #internationaldayofthegirl #riseup #thefutureisfemale #girlup #girlmom #boymom #naturalbeauty #raisegoodhumans #malefeminist #embraceyourcurls #embraceyourvoice #speakup
I often get asked where my daughters get such curly hair from and I am often met with looks of confusion since I haven't worn my natural curls in so many years when I say from myself... But this is the result of going to bed with wet hair... nothing else. No perm. No curling wand. No mousse. Just a little moisture and dry time... Don't get me wrong, I don't hate my curls and that's not why I punish and damage my hair into being straight or at the most wavy... my curls are beautiful but as most things that are beautiful in nature, they are hard to control.. and style... and f**ing frizzy problems for days in dry heat!! With today being all about moving girls forward in the world and embracing their natural powerful abilities and voices, I felt like maybe I should post a picture of myself, no makeup, no altering of myself, first thing after waking up, embracing myself and my individual voice and power. If I do nothing else successfully in my life, I WILL raise strong, powerful, brilliant, independent girls and intelligent, kind boys who help, respect and admire them. #naturalhairstyles  #curlyhair  #internationaldayofthegirl  #riseup  #thefutureisfemale  #girlup  #girlmom  #boymom  #naturalbeauty  #raisegoodhumans  #malefeminist  #embraceyourcurls  #embraceyourvoice  #speakup 
St. Gall and Catholic Charities host the Chicago Police Department in a special domestic violence presentation this Friday, October 12th. Learn how the police respond to domestic violence calls and how you can be of help to your community. @ccofchicago
St. Gall and Catholic Charities host the Chicago Police Department in a special domestic violence presentation this Friday, October 12th. Learn how the police respond to domestic violence calls and how you can be of help to your community. @ccofchicago
"Speak Your Truth" even when your voice shakes and the ground around you quakes. I painted the figure gender-fluid and expressionless as each person's story is their own. 
36x24" acrylic on canvas.
"Speak Your Truth" even when your voice shakes and the ground around you quakes. I painted the figure gender-fluid and expressionless as each person's story is their own. 36x24" acrylic on canvas.
This Thursday, October 11th, join us for a special presentation on “Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence” at Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg. Special guest speakers will discuss their experiences working in the community and refreshments will be served. Please share!
This Thursday, October 11th, join us for a special presentation on “Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Violence” at Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg. Special guest speakers will discuss their experiences working in the community and refreshments will be served. Please share!
Come see us at the Williamson House tomorrow from 11am-2pm for a fun shirt making session to help raise awareness! #SRVitup #EmbraceYourVoice
Come see us at the Williamson House tomorrow from 11am-2pm for a fun shirt making session to help raise awareness! #SRVitup  #EmbraceYourVoice 
“The new women’s revolution is an evolution from being other-focused to inner-focused. When our attention is trapped by fearful shoulds, what ifs, and don’ts, we scatter our energy and struggle with knowing what is authentic for us. When we bring our attention back to discovering who we are on the inside - not who we wish we were or who we think we should be - we begin a sacred path of transformation toward our innate, authentic, embodied power. 
This is the path of the Warrior Goddess.”
~Heatherash Amara
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Returning to one of my all time favorite books today, “Warrior Goddess Training”. The more I allow and encourage myself to explore who I am and what I really want, the more and more alive and happy I feel. There was a time when I felt so disconnected from who I am and what I want, however these days I can hear my own voice louder and louder - and I’m actually listening to it. 🙌🏻😂♥️🙏🏻 Of course, I still struggle with my moments of should I really do that, how will that look, am I worthy or deserving of embracing this or that, but the more I silence those doubts and instead choose to trust my instincts and desires, the more I am opening myself up to amazing experiences and people. Saying yes to what I truly want, regardless of what convention may dictate as proper, rational, or realistic, has me channeling an authenticity and connection I’ve always dreamed of finding, with myself and with others. 
Ladies, it’s time we all start listening to our inner voice more, embracing what our soul craves without judging how that may look to others, because we are stronger and more powerful than we’re allowing ourselves to be. Are you listening to your heart? Are you creating the life you truly want? Or are you choosing to stay trapped in self-limiting beliefs and age old stories that clip your wings and keep you grounded? 
If you’re feeling that itch for more - more love, more understanding, more connection, more adventure, more quality, more passion, more authenticity, more everything - then listen when I tell you it’s already yours. Claim it as such. 💋
#warriorgoddesstraining #embraceyourvoice #authenticity #youaremeantformore #unapologetic #womenempowerment
“The new women’s revolution is an evolution from being other-focused to inner-focused. When our attention is trapped by fearful shoulds, what ifs, and don’ts, we scatter our energy and struggle with knowing what is authentic for us. When we bring our attention back to discovering who we are on the inside - not who we wish we were or who we think we should be - we begin a sacred path of transformation toward our innate, authentic, embodied power. This is the path of the Warrior Goddess.” ~Heatherash Amara 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Returning to one of my all time favorite books today, “Warrior Goddess Training”. The more I allow and encourage myself to explore who I am and what I really want, the more and more alive and happy I feel. There was a time when I felt so disconnected from who I am and what I want, however these days I can hear my own voice louder and louder - and I’m actually listening to it. 🙌🏻😂♥️🙏🏻 Of course, I still struggle with my moments of should I really do that, how will that look, am I worthy or deserving of embracing this or that, but the more I silence those doubts and instead choose to trust my instincts and desires, the more I am opening myself up to amazing experiences and people. Saying yes to what I truly want, regardless of what convention may dictate as proper, rational, or realistic, has me channeling an authenticity and connection I’ve always dreamed of finding, with myself and with others. Ladies, it’s time we all start listening to our inner voice more, embracing what our soul craves without judging how that may look to others, because we are stronger and more powerful than we’re allowing ourselves to be. Are you listening to your heart? Are you creating the life you truly want? Or are you choosing to stay trapped in self-limiting beliefs and age old stories that clip your wings and keep you grounded? If you’re feeling that itch for more - more love, more understanding, more connection, more adventure, more quality, more passion, more authenticity, more everything - then listen when I tell you it’s already yours. Claim it as such. 💋 #warriorgoddesstraining  #embraceyourvoice  #authenticity  #youaremeantformore  #unapologetic  #womenempowerment 
After 7 hours of painting, I'm calling it a night. Tomorrow, flowers.
After 7 hours of painting, I'm calling it a night. Tomorrow, flowers.
no matter the setbacks, no matter the odds, we will keep fighting - for those who have come before us, and those who will come after. image taken during #Kavanaugh protests by Mary Mathis, NPR.
no matter the setbacks, no matter the odds, we will keep fighting - for those who have come before us, and those who will come after. image taken during #Kavanaugh  protests by Mary Mathis, NPR.
we care. people care. it matters. you matter.
we care. people care. it matters. you matter.
St. Christina will host a prayer service tomorrow night, October 8th, with guest speakers from Little Company of Mary and Pillars Community Health. Please join us!
St. Christina will host a prayer service tomorrow night, October 8th, with guest speakers from Little Company of Mary and Pillars Community Health. Please join us!
2018’s #SAAM campaign was #EmbraceYourVoice and we hope you’re still dedicated to making your voices and stories heard. Though recent events may make it seem like survivor stories don’t matter - they do. Don’t let it deter you from sharing your experience and taking appropriate action. We believe you. We stand with you. Speak up & speak out 🗣
2018’s #SAAM  campaign was #EmbraceYourVoice  and we hope you’re still dedicated to making your voices and stories heard. Though recent events may make it seem like survivor stories don’t matter - they do. Don’t let it deter you from sharing your experience and taking appropriate action. We believe you. We stand with you. Speak up & speak out 🗣
Been busy up in Bloomington, Indiana but I’ve still made time for my clients! Last week I had the opportunity to work with @timrosemusic, and this week I’ve worked with @shanekainoa. The voice is a very finicky instrument that is under constant use as means of communication and, for most, the habits of speech do not correlate with the habits of singing. This means that our bad habits in speech are often translated into our singing; affecting our ease of production and compromising our sustainability of use. Having occasional “tune up” sessions remind us how to achieve our desired sounds with the intent of vocal longevity in mind. #rmvoicestudio #embraceyourvoice #sustainablesinging #stretchandunpress #flowphonation
Been busy up in Bloomington, Indiana but I’ve still made time for my clients! Last week I had the opportunity to work with @timrosemusic, and this week I’ve worked with @shanekainoa. The voice is a very finicky instrument that is under constant use as means of communication and, for most, the habits of speech do not correlate with the habits of singing. This means that our bad habits in speech are often translated into our singing; affecting our ease of production and compromising our sustainability of use. Having occasional “tune up” sessions remind us how to achieve our desired sounds with the intent of vocal longevity in mind. #rmvoicestudio  #embraceyourvoice  #sustainablesinging  #stretchandunpress  #flowphonation 
This is a slap in the face to every single victim of sexual assault in this country.
Senator Susan Collins put the final nail in the coffin this afternoon. She said " I believe that Dr Ford was the victim of a sexual assault but the 4 witnesses she named could not collaborate her story"
You can't have it both ways, "lady".
The FBI investigation was a facade in attempt to appease the public. But she and those grumpy old white men forget that not all of us are sheep!
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Vote like your lives depend on it on November 6th!!! VOTE THEIR ASSES OUT!!
Susan Collins is up for re-election in 2020. 
We WILL NOT forget, Susan. ps. Fck you, too Senator Manchin.
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#metoo #rainn #embraceyourvoice #kavanaugh #cancelkavanaugh #stopkavanaugh #vote #women #fucktrump #election2018 #impeachtrump #notmypresident #women #marchforourlives #angelarye #shaunking #webelievesurvivors #drchristineblaseyford #resist #cnn
#supremecourt #scotus #nojustice #trump #senatorsusancollins #whyididntreport
This is a slap in the face to every single victim of sexual assault in this country. Senator Susan Collins put the final nail in the coffin this afternoon. She said " I believe that Dr Ford was the victim of a sexual assault but the 4 witnesses she named could not collaborate her story" You can't have it both ways, "lady". The FBI investigation was a facade in attempt to appease the public. But she and those grumpy old white men forget that not all of us are sheep! . Vote like your lives depend on it on November 6th!!! VOTE THEIR ASSES OUT!! Susan Collins is up for re-election in 2020. We WILL NOT forget, Susan. ps. Fck you, too Senator Manchin. . . .@sensusancollins @joesenatorf782 #metoo  #rainn  #embraceyourvoice  #kavanaugh  #cancelkavanaugh  #stopkavanaugh  #vote  #women  #fucktrump  #election2018  #impeachtrump  #notmypresident  #women  #marchforourlives  #angelarye  #shaunking  #webelievesurvivors  #drchristineblaseyford  #resist  #cnn  #supremecourt  #scotus  #nojustice  #trump  #senatorsusancollins  #whyididntreport 
Today we attended the 29th Annual Report to the Community on Domestic & Sexual Violence. It was such a powerful event that culminated with survivors sharing their truth as to why they waited to speak out. #flagraising #DVAM2018 #believesurvivors #standwithverahouse #domesticviolencemonth #standagainstviolence #domesticviolenceawareness #embraceyourvoice #strongertogether
Another event for #DVAM to add to your calendar! On Thursday October 11th, join the Shir Hadash Synagogue and Our Lady of the Brook Domestic Violence Ministry for an informative presentation on the cycle of abuse and a discussion into why abusers abuse. See you there!
Another event for #DVAM  to add to your calendar! On Thursday October 11th, join the Shir Hadash Synagogue and Our Lady of the Brook Domestic Violence Ministry for an informative presentation on the cycle of abuse and a discussion into why abusers abuse. See you there!
Congratulations to all of our new volunteer advocates! We are so excited they’re part of our team! #useyourvoice #selfcarematters #consent #peopleagainstrape #PAR #youarenotalone #itsnotyourfault #webelieveyou #makeadifference #embraceyourvoice #believesurvivors
"Everyone has an obligation to educate themselves about sexual violence. You don’t know when someone will come to you and will need your help.” This quote is from Lacy who is a survivor of sexual assault and abuse. Read her survivor story here, https://www.rainn.org/survivor-stories/lacy%E2%80%99s-story #SurvivorStory #StandUp #SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice
"Everyone has an obligation to educate themselves about sexual violence. You don’t know when someone will come to you and will need your help.” This quote is from Lacy who is a survivor of sexual assault and abuse. Read her survivor story here, https://www.rainn.org/survivor-stories/lacy%E2%80%99s-story #SurvivorStory  #StandUp  #SRVSS  #EmbraceYourVoice 
Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that:
•1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse;
•Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident;
•During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
•Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized;
•Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13. 
#metoo #voiceofthevoiceless #breakthecycle  #yourvoicematters #savethechildren 
#sexualassaultawareness #metoomovement 
#spreadinghope 
#nomeansno #isurvived 
#iwillnotbesilent #hearmyvoice #embraceyourvoice 
#sexualassault #listenup #speakupandout #speakupforthevoiceless  #breakthesilence
Studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, show that: •1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse; •Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident; •During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized; •Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized; •Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13. #metoo  #voiceofthevoiceless  #breakthecycle  #yourvoicematters  #savethechildren  #sexualassaultawareness  #metoomovement  #spreadinghope  #nomeansno  #isurvived  #iwillnotbesilent  #hearmyvoice  #embraceyourvoice  #sexualassault  #listenup  #speakupandout  #speakupforthevoiceless  #breakthesilence 
Just a girl and her baggie of lemons 😂. Having a great time @wictcarolinas #TechItOut this morning! #Embraceyourvoice
The Domestic Violence Ministries of St. Cletus, St. John of the Cross, and St. Francis Xavier invite you to a special presentation called Denise’s Story on Tuesday October 9th. Details noted here!
The Domestic Violence Ministries of St. Cletus, St. John of the Cross, and St. Francis Xavier invite you to a special presentation called Denise’s Story on Tuesday October 9th. Details noted here!
Tonight, we stood beside friends at the Tranquility House in #Bartow county to raise awareness and honor people whose lives were ended by their intimate or domestic partner. As members of the community, we shared our common hope and vision to have a violence free tomorrow. Sexual and domestic violence are separate crimes but oftentimes the issues overlap. Ultimately, it takes the entire community working together to address, prevent, and end violence. #embraceyourvoice #collaboration #candlelightvigil #endviolence #dvam
Tonight, we stood beside friends at the Tranquility House in #Bartow  county to raise awareness and honor people whose lives were ended by their intimate or domestic partner. As members of the community, we shared our common hope and vision to have a violence free tomorrow. Sexual and domestic violence are separate crimes but oftentimes the issues overlap. Ultimately, it takes the entire community working together to address, prevent, and end violence. #embraceyourvoice  #collaboration  #candlelightvigil  #endviolence  #dvam 
Today's the day! We'll be meeting in front of the MACC in two hours. Come out and join us for an inspiring night! See you soon, rain or shine!💚💜#SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice #SupportSurvivors
Today's the day! We'll be meeting in front of the MACC in two hours. Come out and join us for an inspiring night! See you soon, rain or shine!💚💜#SRVSS  #EmbraceYourVoice  #SupportSurvivors 
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! The purpose of #DVAM2018 is to mourn those who have died due to domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and to engage communities with those who work to end domestic violence. If you or anyone you know needs support, we’re here for you! (970) 925-SAFE (7233) #supportsurvivors #enddomesticviolence #embraceyourvoice #awarenessandactionbringschange
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. St Pascal has created the display “You Matter - Love Shouldn’t Hurt” to engage the community. Visit the display outside of the church, take a photo, and upload to social networks using the hashtags #GetHelpToGetOut #StandAgainstViolence #DomesticViolenceAwareness
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. St Pascal has created the display “You Matter - Love Shouldn’t Hurt” to engage the community. Visit the display outside of the church, take a photo, and upload to social networks using the hashtags #GetHelpToGetOut  #StandAgainstViolence  #DomesticViolenceAwareness 
One more day until our rally against sexual and relationship abuse! We can't wait to see everyone there!!! #SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice #SupportSurvivors
It's International Podcaster Day! 💕
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It's true, I'm starting my own podcast, so I'm really pumped about that!
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But this podcast is really more of an outward action that represents me getting out of one of my life trenches: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For years, I have apologized for my voice and my opinions.
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And of course, I'm not perfect. I haven't always used my voice for good, I've definitely put my foot in my mouth, but God did give me - what I believe to be - a voice that can create change. A voice that can be used for positivity.
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When I worked in the nail salon, I found myself doing the same pattern over and over: I would listen to my client discuss her life, I'd ask questions to really try and understand and learn, then I would share those lessons with others.
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Now, I'm going to do the same thing with a podcast - and it's my mission to listen to the stories of others, ask the important questions, and share with those that need to hear it.
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I feel like I'm finally getting out of my own way - yes, it's scary... but there is also a sense of freedom and victory when you stop looking at your voice as something that needs to be quieter, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
instead embrace the gift... heck ... celebrate what you have been given!
It's International Podcaster Day! 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's true, I'm starting my own podcast, so I'm really pumped about that! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But this podcast is really more of an outward action that represents me getting out of one of my life trenches: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The struggle to accept my own voice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For years, I have apologized for my voice and my opinions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And of course, I'm not perfect. I haven't always used my voice for good, I've definitely put my foot in my mouth, but God did give me - what I believe to be - a voice that can create change. A voice that can be used for positivity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I worked in the nail salon, I found myself doing the same pattern over and over: I would listen to my client discuss her life, I'd ask questions to really try and understand and learn, then I would share those lessons with others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now, I'm going to do the same thing with a podcast - and it's my mission to listen to the stories of others, ask the important questions, and share with those that need to hear it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I feel like I'm finally getting out of my own way - yes, it's scary... but there is also a sense of freedom and victory when you stop looking at your voice as something that needs to be quieter, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ instead embrace the gift... heck ... celebrate what you have been given!
Four more days until this amazing event! Community members, staff, faculty, students, and therapy and assistance animals are all welcome! See you in front of the MACC on Tuesday at 7pm 😊#SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice #SupportSurvivors
Four more days until this amazing event! Community members, staff, faculty, students, and therapy and assistance animals are all welcome! See you in front of the MACC on Tuesday at 7pm 😊#SRVSS  #EmbraceYourVoice  #SupportSurvivors 
Brenda called in this morning during a break of the Kavanaugh hearings.
Please listen to this!! My heart is in pieces. She's 76. She NEVER forgot.
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.#believesurvivors #metoo #rainn #timesup #ibelieveher #survivor 
#embraceyourvoice #hearbreaking 
#stopkavanaugh #cancelkavanaugh #whyididntreport #women #webelieveinyou #impeachtrump #fucktrump #angelarye
Join us on October 2nd at 7:00pm in front of the MACC for an amazing night of support! We can't wait to see all of your beautiful faces 😊
#SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice #SupportSurvivors
This Monday, October 1st, join us at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach to Light Up the Lakefront with luminaries in honor of those affected by domestic violence! @betweenfriendschi
This Monday, October 1st, join us at Chicago’s North Avenue Beach to Light Up the Lakefront with luminaries in honor of those affected by domestic violence! @betweenfriendschi
70/100 ::embracing my way of being in the world:: The dissociation I experienced to survive was a powerful force I am continually learning to understand and respect. Years of flight out of my body has shaped all my rhythms of being, separation from body and mind is a reflex in my vocabulary for existing. My healing and integration now allow me to witness it so it no longer controls me how it once needed to. Not a detriment but an asset, it calls for my love and acceptance for my way of being in this world.

I left this plane many times, it was the appropriate reaction I needed to save my life. I won’t have shame or fear of the way my body took care of me—I am a product of both my circumstance and my strength. 
In embracing my rhythm, however unusual, I am curious of the gifts woven into my other-worldly experiences. My experience of dissociation has a similarity to descriptions of those who describe having their bodies die but returned to life. I had spent much of my life as a child in that trance, a deep meditation. The intense disconnection from the waking world brought me a sincere peace and stillness, a well I still draw on to move me through my healing. Perhaps it’s in face of obliteration where reality breaks down enough to expose an under current not always visible in our shared reality—steadiness that lies beneath both extreme darkness and light. In the face of annihilation it whispers “all is well”. That truth is where I found the sacred, the divine, what we struggle to understand and name god. This recognition of peace is why I am here today. 
Folded into the harshness of our experience like diamonds, there are profound gifts given to survivors of trauma. In witness to a broad spectrum of experience we can demonstrate our enormous power to choose peace and love. Love is by far, the most powerful entity on earth and it is ours to claim. There is a knowing written on the hearts of survivors moving to thriving: a message that love can, without doubt, triumph the darkest depths imaginable. This vantage point is a gift, a light that elicits gratitude from my core. It calls my darkness out knowing there is nothing on this earth to fear or hide from.
70/100 ::embracing my way of being in the world:: The dissociation I experienced to survive was a powerful force I am continually learning to understand and respect. Years of flight out of my body has shaped all my rhythms of being, separation from body and mind is a reflex in my vocabulary for existing. My healing and integration now allow me to witness it so it no longer controls me how it once needed to. Not a detriment but an asset, it calls for my love and acceptance for my way of being in this world. I left this plane many times, it was the appropriate reaction I needed to save my life. I won’t have shame or fear of the way my body took care of me—I am a product of both my circumstance and my strength. In embracing my rhythm, however unusual, I am curious of the gifts woven into my other-worldly experiences. My experience of dissociation has a similarity to descriptions of those who describe having their bodies die but returned to life. I had spent much of my life as a child in that trance, a deep meditation. The intense disconnection from the waking world brought me a sincere peace and stillness, a well I still draw on to move me through my healing. Perhaps it’s in face of obliteration where reality breaks down enough to expose an under current not always visible in our shared reality—steadiness that lies beneath both extreme darkness and light. In the face of annihilation it whispers “all is well”. That truth is where I found the sacred, the divine, what we struggle to understand and name god. This recognition of peace is why I am here today. Folded into the harshness of our experience like diamonds, there are profound gifts given to survivors of trauma. In witness to a broad spectrum of experience we can demonstrate our enormous power to choose peace and love. Love is by far, the most powerful entity on earth and it is ours to claim. There is a knowing written on the hearts of survivors moving to thriving: a message that love can, without doubt, triumph the darkest depths imaginable. This vantage point is a gift, a light that elicits gratitude from my core. It calls my darkness out knowing there is nothing on this earth to fear or hide from.
Years ago, I was sexually assaulted by someone in “the scene” when I was barely conscious. I will never adequately be able to thank the friend who stopped what was happening and got me out of the situation. When confronted about my attackers behavior in private, a *female* friend of his told someone that I was obviously “making it up for attention,” though to this day, I’ve never publicly outed him. She’d “never seen him act that way,” so it was “hard to believe.” It furthered my desire to not talk about what happened ever again. I was shamed by another woman. These kinds of things weren’t supposed to happen. Naysayers come in all shapes and forms... To all of my friends who have been victimized and to anyone reading this who has been victimized: 1. You are not alone. 2. Never ever let anyone make you feel ashamed for telling the truth. 3. I’m here to listen to you and I’m here to believe you. #timesup #awarness #youarenotalone #support #embraceyourvoice #saraerdmann #cancelkavanaugh #stopkavanaugh #believesurvivors
Years ago, I was sexually assaulted by someone in “the scene” when I was barely conscious. I will never adequately be able to thank the friend who stopped what was happening and got me out of the situation. When confronted about my attackers behavior in private, a *female* friend of his told someone that I was obviously “making it up for attention,” though to this day, I’ve never publicly outed him. She’d “never seen him act that way,” so it was “hard to believe.” It furthered my desire to not talk about what happened ever again. I was shamed by another woman. These kinds of things weren’t supposed to happen. Naysayers come in all shapes and forms... To all of my friends who have been victimized and to anyone reading this who has been victimized: 1. You are not alone. 2. Never ever let anyone make you feel ashamed for telling the truth. 3. I’m here to listen to you and I’m here to believe you. #timesup  #awarness  #youarenotalone  #support  #embraceyourvoice  #saraerdmann  #cancelkavanaugh  #stopkavanaugh  #believesurvivors 
Sneak peek of EA3VN’s latest skit.  They’ll be performing tomorrow at the Power of Purple event at the Dahl Arts Center at 1200.  #EA3VN #embraceyourvoice
Sneak peek of EA3VN’s latest skit. They’ll be performing tomorrow at the Power of Purple event at the Dahl Arts Center at 1200. #EA3VN  #embraceyourvoice 
There’s always something to say. 
Even when you think there’s nothing left to say, even if you feel nothing is too worth to tell, there’s always something. 
Don’t shut just because someone says you have to. If you think something, say it. If you feel something, say it. Even if you dislike not like something SCREW IT and just say it. .
#embraceyourvoice Porque es ahora o nunca. #power
There’s always something to say. Even when you think there’s nothing left to say, even if you feel nothing is too worth to tell, there’s always something. Don’t shut just because someone says you have to. If you think something, say it. If you feel something, say it. Even if you dislike not like something SCREW IT and just say it. . #embraceyourvoice  Porque es ahora o nunca. #power 
Went on a #firstdate today wearing black because I #believesurvivors
Regrann from @mellymelz__ -  This is completely POWERFUL. I felt every single word of that. Whether you believe the 3 (or 4) women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or not.. ( I do) the one thing we should all agree on is that the members of the Senate have failed every single victim and future victim in this country with their responses.
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#stopkavanaugh  #kavanaugh #novote 
#withdraw #rainn #shame #victimblaming 
#impeachtrump #notmypresident 
#women #united #trump #metoo #whyididntreport #embraceyourvoice #ibelieveher #believesurvivors #angelarye - #regrann
Regrann from @mellymelz__ - This is completely POWERFUL. I felt every single word of that. Whether you believe the 3 (or 4) women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or not.. ( I do) the one thing we should all agree on is that the members of the Senate have failed every single victim and future victim in this country with their responses. . . #stopkavanaugh  #kavanaugh  #novote  #withdraw  #rainn  #shame  #victimblaming  #impeachtrump  #notmypresident  #women  #united  #trump  #metoo  #whyididntreport  #embraceyourvoice  #ibelieveher  #believesurvivors  #angelarye  - #regrann 
This is completely POWERFUL. I felt every single word of that. 
Whether you believe the 3 (or 4) women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or not..( I do) the one thing we should all agree on is that the members of the Senate have failed every single victim and future victim in this country with their responses.
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#stopkavanaugh  #kavanaugh #novote 
#withdraw #rainn #shame #victimblaming 
#impeachtrump #notmypresident 
#women #united #trump #metoo #whyididntreport #embraceyourvoice #ibelieveher #believesurvivors #angelarye
#cancelkavanaugh #timesup #kavanope
#drchristineblaseyford #cnn
This is completely POWERFUL. I felt every single word of that. Whether you believe the 3 (or 4) women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or not..( I do) the one thing we should all agree on is that the members of the Senate have failed every single victim and future victim in this country with their responses. . . #stopkavanaugh  #kavanaugh  #novote  #withdraw  #rainn  #shame  #victimblaming  #impeachtrump  #notmypresident  #women  #united  #trump  #metoo  #whyididntreport  #embraceyourvoice  #ibelieveher  #believesurvivors  #angelarye  #cancelkavanaugh  #timesup  #kavanope  #drchristineblaseyford  #cnn 
You know yourself better than anyone else. If something feels off, trust your feelings and instincts. #trustyourself #trustyourinstincts #trustyourgut #embraceyourvoice
Please join us Friday, October 5th, for a Contemporary Concert Series at St. Mary of the Woods in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! 🎶
Please join us Friday, October 5th, for a Contemporary Concert Series at St. Mary of the Woods in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month! 🎶
We had so much fun at the PRIDE parade and festival this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out in support and stopped by our tent! #pride #prideparade2018 #chspride #consentfairies #consentissimple #consentmatters #useyourvoice #selfcarematters #consent #peopleagainstrape #PAR #youarenotalone #itsnotyourfault #webelieveyou #makeadifference #embraceyourvoice #believesurvivors
The prevention education team was "caught doing good" work at @romehigh this week as they facilitated #SafeDates to the health classes. The team will return for another week of teaching on Monday. 9/14/18 - 9/28/18 
#embraceyourvoice #healthyrelationships #romehigh
Everyone is welcome! We'd love to see you at the Williamson House on October 9th! #SRVSS #EmbraceYourVoice
This is to all my supporters, I'll be there for you so feel free to DM me anytime ❤#soulfulvibes🎼  #goodvibes #smoothvibes🎶  #galactic #music #blues #soul #jazz #rock #rap #country #music #coolvibes✌️❤🌎🌗 #africa #Namibia #girl #blackbeauty #embraceyourvoice  #soulsongs #soulsond #voice #mood #doom #gloom #zoom #blue #i'llbethere #like #comment
Going deep within is the art and practice of connecting with your innermost self in an ever deepening way. Choosing to explore YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR NEEDS, YOUR DREAMS. Discovering that the spring from which your life flows is eternal. The well that feeds your soul has no bottom.

If you long to feel more powerful, more centered and more connected with your own source, Embrace Your Voice Retreat is happening THIS WEEKEND. It will be a deep dive for women who are ready to connect with their own heart, (re)claim their power and create the life that is calling to them from the depths of their own heart. If this is YOU, now is the time to ACT. 
Enrollment closes Wednesday at midnight. You can find out more and register at http://tinagreenewisdom.com/retreat/. There are only 2 places left so don't wait any longer 😘 #presentmomentliving #spiritualgrowth #thepowertochoose #openheart #embraceyourvoice #embraceyourvoiceretreat #retreats2018
Going deep within is the art and practice of connecting with your innermost self in an ever deepening way. Choosing to explore YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR NEEDS, YOUR DREAMS. Discovering that the spring from which your life flows is eternal. The well that feeds your soul has no bottom. If you long to feel more powerful, more centered and more connected with your own source, Embrace Your Voice Retreat is happening THIS WEEKEND. It will be a deep dive for women who are ready to connect with their own heart, (re)claim their power and create the life that is calling to them from the depths of their own heart. If this is YOU, now is the time to ACT. Enrollment closes Wednesday at midnight. You can find out more and register at http://tinagreenewisdom.com/retreat/. There are only 2 places left so don't wait any longer 😘 #presentmomentliving  #spiritualgrowth  #thepowertochoose  #openheart  #embraceyourvoice  #embraceyourvoiceretreat  #retreats2018 
If someone insists on seeing your naked body before dating or pressures you, even while in a relationship, to share or reveal your body in ways that you are not comfortable, we empower you to be true to yourself and be honest with them. Our dating partner or person should never put us in a situation where our beliefs or values are challenged or questioned. Saying "no" shouldn't put our relationship on the chopping block but if it does, then that tells you a lot about the person's intentions. **plus, remember that if you are under 18, it is illegal... #respectyourself #loveyourself #naked #nudes #NoNeedforNudes #embraceyourvoice
If someone insists on seeing your naked body before dating or pressures you, even while in a relationship, to share or reveal your body in ways that you are not comfortable, we empower you to be true to yourself and be honest with them. Our dating partner or person should never put us in a situation where our beliefs or values are challenged or questioned. Saying "no" shouldn't put our relationship on the chopping block but if it does, then that tells you a lot about the person's intentions. **plus, remember that if you are under 18, it is illegal... #respectyourself  #loveyourself  #naked  #nudes  #NoNeedforNudes  #embraceyourvoice 
Sacred Heart Church hosts a Silent Witness Exhibit on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm. This event includes special guest speaker Victor Pacini, presentation from Palos Hills Police Department, domestic violence community outreach resources, and candlelight vigil. For questions and to RSVP, see complete details on second image!
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#ACDVO #dvochicago #domesticviolenceoutreach #sacredheartchurch #silentwitness #paloshills #enddvnow #domesticviolenceawareness #DVAM2018 #strongertogether #embraceyourvoice #unity #community #youarenotalone #loveisrespect #dvsurvivors
Sacred Heart Church hosts a Silent Witness Exhibit on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00pm. This event includes special guest speaker Victor Pacini, presentation from Palos Hills Police Department, domestic violence community outreach resources, and candlelight vigil. For questions and to RSVP, see complete details on second image! - #ACDVO  #dvochicago  #domesticviolenceoutreach  #sacredheartchurch  #silentwitness  #paloshills  #enddvnow  #domesticviolenceawareness  #DVAM2018  #strongertogether  #embraceyourvoice  #unity  #community  #youarenotalone  #loveisrespect  #dvsurvivors 
I am filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude for the Community Changemaker Award from @oaesv. Thank you for providing a platform for men and women to share their voice and commitment to end sexual violence everywhere. #ShineTheLight #embraceyourvoice #metoo
I am filled with an overwhelming amount of gratitude for the Community Changemaker Award from @oaesv. Thank you for providing a platform for men and women to share their voice and commitment to end sexual violence everywhere. #ShineTheLight  #embraceyourvoice  #metoo