Today is International Woman’s Day. This day will permanently be an anticipated and celebrated day here on my website and across all my social media. Today I took a huge step towards activism and advocacy.
A little over eight years ago, my best friend was taken out off of this world by a man she loved. Her six kids no longer have the strong mother who filled lives with her smile and incredible voice.
Samantha Marie Miller is the reason I have such an opinion on domestic violence and emotional abuse. For eight years, I have struggled to find a meaningful way to see change. Writing themes in my novels and the occasional bold blog entry never seemed to scratch the surface of how I wanted to make a difference for just one person going through what Sami went through in her last year of life.
Today, I officially became a member and partner with Violence Free Colorado. “Founded in 1977, Violence Free Colorado is our state’s domestic violence coalition. We work with hundreds of organizations and individuals in local communities across the state to prevent and end relationship violence, and support those affected by relationship abuse. We build the capacity of a diverse network of domestic violence and other community-based programs across Colorado to help them effectively assist survivors of relationship violence and their families. Our goal is to improve individual and community health and well-being through statewide visionary advocacy and social change efforts, supporting our members, and informing the public.”
I feel like this movement towards activism is helping me heal a near decade old wound. I struggled with survivor’s guilt for a long time wondering if I missed something. Knowing I cannot change the past, this huge step for my future to fight this sick epidemic and teach people to keep their fricken hands to themselves is the absolute least my soul will allow me to do. I want to be a champion for all the Sami’s still fighting in their own homes daily.
If you are in a crisis or need immediate help, dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or TTY (800) 787−3224