Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Announcing Speak Out

I've been sitting on some exciting news for a while now and just busting at the seams to tell you about it. So today I'm spilling the beans.

I'm teaming up with Blogcatalog and Copywrite, Ink to launch an international domestic violence (DV) awareness campaign called Speak Out. The event will engage bloggers and other social networkers to generate awareness about this important issue and encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help. It is also a fundraising campaign that will benefit DV charities.

It is my great honor to be the campaign's spokesperson, and I will be traveling and speaking in the weeks leading up to the event to promote awareness and participation. The event will culminate on Friday, November 18, 2011, when bloggers will post, tweet, share, and encourage people to “Speak Out” against domestic violence. The event date is strategically set to lead into the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25.

The event will be a part of BloggersUnite.org, an innovative platform created by Blogcatalog that brings together bloggers and other social networkers in support of important social issues. We are thrilled to be working with Copywrite, Ink, a marketing and communications group that has helped create a number of tremendously successful events, including BloggersUnite campaign for Amnesty International, which was featured on CNN and generated 1.2 million blog posts.

One in four women will be victims of DV in their lifetime. Most are silent victims. When I posted about my own assault and the fear and confusion I navigated in the following months, I was shocked and saddened at how many women (and men) came out of the woodwork to share their own experiences. Many of them had never reported.

There is a culture of silence when it comes to DV. People don't like to talk about it. We don't want others to see the destruction at the heart of our partnerships. But by staying silent we are doing ourselves a disservice, because DV relies on and thrives in silence. That is why we are encouraging people to Speak Out. You don't need to do it publicly, like I did -- there are so many resources available that are safe, confidential and ready to help.

In the coming weeks I'll be sharing additional information about the campaign. I'll be hosting regular giveaways to promote sharing and participation. We have already spoken with a number of top bloggers from around the world and gotten their commitment to post on November 18th. We have a dedicated site going live very soon where you, too, can sign up to participate. It doesn't matter if you have 10 readers of 10,000. Your voice matters.

I can not tell you how excited I am about this event. Obviously, this is a cause close to my heart. When I fell, it was the blogging community that circled around me, comforted me, supported me, bolstered me and held my hand as I walked, am still walking, the long, dark road out of hell.

I will never forget that.  Not ever.

Please join me and the rest of the team at Speak Out by adding your voice on November 18th. If you want to do more, here is how you can help:

  • Consider being a Speak Out envoy for your country. Envoys will help spread the word about the event and generate enthusiasm through blog posts, link sharing and if desired, hosted giveaways.
  • Do you have media contacts? Would you be willing to share them with me? We have press releases ready to go out in the next several days.
  • Are you a PR/marketing person representing an Australian, American or UK company? We are opening the event up to multiple sponsors. We have a variety of ways you can support Speak Out and receive tremendous brand exposure through media events, conferences, blog posts and advertising banners on high traffic sites such as Blogcatalog, which has over 3 million page hits a month. Not to mention the goodwill earned by being a responsible corporate citizen. You can choose from three levels of sponsorship and/or donate goods for event giveaways. Interested? Contact me at kb @ flaghussy.com.
  • Most importantly, commit to speaking out about the sometimes 'taboo' yet radically important issues, such as DV, that affect our health, safety and ability to live free of fear and coercion.

I spoke out. It saved me. Now I'm asking you to do the same.


  1. Kristin, you are a beacon for all of us.

    Luv ya.

    LCM x

  2. So incredibly proud of you. Will be adding my voice to your cause.

  3. Wow, whata worthwhile thing to be doing. Well done love. Mich x

  4. Totally on board for this and am already preparing a post.

  5. Hi Kristin-

    I am really interested in being involved in this project. I was a victim advocate for domestic violence victims for three years and I miss that work so very much. I have A LOT of contacts to DV advocated in the St. Louis Metro area and would love to be of any help. I will obviously write a post on the 18th, but may also be able to provide a unique perspective from someone who worked with DV victims for years.

    Please let me know if I can be of any help at all. My email is kristinamarie.blog (at) gmail (dot) com Thanks so much for doing this - it is so important.

  6. Yay, thanks guys! xoxo

    @Kristinamarieb - We can absolutely use your help. I'll send you an email in the next day or two with some thoughts. Thank you!

  7. This is brilliant.
    You are brilliant.
    More than happy to support your cause.

  8. Brilliant - just bloody brilliant. Cheers, Wendy.

  9. You are amazing - and this proves it! If this campaign only helps 1 person escape DV, it will be worth it.
    Thank you for being so brave, sharing your story, and helping others.
    If there is anything I can do to help, let me know :)

  10. What an amazing project for you, Kristin. I am so happy that you have been able to get this off the ground and so glad for the opportunity to get our voices heard.

    You know I'm in. I have a lot to say. It's going to be hard to say it, but I will.


  11. Thanks everyone. I'm *very* excited about this. I want to reach as many women as possible.

  12. You DO give such Good Blog. I'm thinking about how I can be in, but count me in. I want in! xxxx

  13. Kristin can you email me about becoming an envoy?

    I am inspired by your speaking out to do the same myself.

  14. @Being Me - I think I'm going to put that on a t-shirt. Glad you're in. Yay! xoxo

    @Rhonda - Terrific, I will email you. x

  15. I'm in... I'll post on November 18th.... Let me know when you get the site up and running so I can "officially" sign up.

  16. This is that silver lining for all the crap you put up with! Congrats on being the spokeswoman for such a worthy cause!

  17. Thank you for doing this my dear. And I hope it brings you to Australia. Most importantly, the more we talk about domestic violence, the more we share the message that it is not okay, and help is available. xo


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