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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

We hope you’ll join us in making a pledge to stand up against domestic violence. Show your support of survivors and help stop the violence. 

If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, let them know about

The National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

For more info, check out thehotline.org

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Looking forward after tragedy

Tomorrow, we will look back on the ten years since tragedy struck our nation. The events of 9/11 affected each of us. I remember exactly what I was doing when it happened even though I was across the country. I could not believe that I snapped a photo of the towers only a month earlier and then they were gone so quickly along with friends and loved ones and our collective sense of safety.

For the people who witnessed the devastation, ran to the rescue, or lost a loved one, we share in your pain. We can all relate to the post-trauma stress brought on by the terrorist attack. Though we cannot fully understand it, we do understand personal tragedy and our collective loss. As survivors, we understand that the bad actions of a few leave a very real and very lasting impact on us.

Though we could continue to look back, we choose to look forward. Our emphasis on positive recovery means that after any tragedy, we know that there is only the road ahead. This does not mean we suppress the negative repercussions of trauma or that we won’t change as individuals and as a country. It means we must change. We must accept the reality that bad things happen. And after realizing that we have been touched by evil, we choose each day to go bravely forward knowing that these few bad people will not keep us wallowing in the misery of recollections.

I recently heard the following quote by Theodore Parker and wanted to share it now as it feels so fitting. Though Parker has been referenced by both Dr. Martin Luther King and President Obama, it is in the entirety of his words that we gain a stronger message of reassurance in the midst of uncertainty.

Read this aloud and let it remind you to look forward and go bravely on.

 

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one,

My eye reaches but little ways;

I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight;

I can divine it by conscience.

And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

(Source: dartheart.org)

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