October is not just the sign of the beginning of the holiday season. October is also Domestic Violence, Breast Cancer, & Bullying Prevention month. It is also LGBT history month.
October has been set aside to bring awareness to domestic violence. With the recent issues going on in the NFL it is time to take a real look at violence in relationships. It is an issue that needs to be addressed. 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence causes homelessness & lifelong health issues for sufferers. It is not as simple as walking away. For many the harassment continues, they are forced to move away or worse they are ultimately killed. Please stop shaming the people in these relationships, they are clearly in need of help. The mental & emotional torment suffered can be as bad as the physical. Most domestic violence goes unreported, in part because of the stigma. If you know any person suffering abuse, try to be supportive & encourage them to seek treatment for their issues. Do not make the victim more responsible than the abuser. For more information go to http://www.ncadv.org or nnedv.org.
We must also be aware of Breast Cancer & it’s many sufferers. Most of us know someone intimately who has either survived, succumbed, or is still battling breast cancer. We must support research so that we can find more effective treatment for this disease. We would like to send out our support to those who have battled & are still battling disease. If you have lost hair or had to have a mastectomy know that you are still beautiful. To support this cause you can go to http://ww5.komen.org or nationalbreastcancer.org.
Bullying is another kind of violence which we need to prevent. It is easy for people who have not suffered the torment of bullying to shrug it off, but to those who have been bullied they know how devastating it can be. Anyone who suffers violence & torture on a regular basis will have deeply rooted issues & possible battles with mental & emotional problems. Bullying must be treated as the serious offense that it is. So many have committed suicide because of the torment ensured for someone’s sick thrills. Bullying is about control & breaking someone down just to prove you can. We need to have a no tolerance policy for it. If your child is being bullied, please ensure they get the help & support they need. If your child is a bully, please do what needs to be done to end that abusive behavior.
October gives you alot to think about, including the heroes of the LGBT community who have fought & continue to fight against hatred. Special shoutout to members such as Laverne Cox & Ryan Murphy who have increased the visibility of the LGBT community. It is also of course the month leading into Halloween so have fun watching Hocus Pocus, decorating, getting your costume & finding fun ways to celebrate. Happy October everybody!