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!
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
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
"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
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. .
“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
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.
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
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!
“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.”
🔥🔥🔥🔥 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. 💋
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
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!
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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