Thursday, November 17, 2011

Time to Speak Out!

It's here! Today's the day (if you're in Australia). Otherwise tomorrow is the day to Speak Out.

One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. That is way too many. The aim of this event is to bring awareness to the cause and encourage victims to speak out and seek help.

A huge thanks to everyone who is participating. If you've written a post on domestic violence, please link it up below so others can read it.

Some of you have posted early, which is great. The date doesn't matter so much -- the message does. In fact, I'm leaving the linky open until November 25th -- White Ribbon Day in Australia and the UK, and also the international day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Get a Speak Out twibbon to wear on your Twitter or Facebook avatar. Just click below:

Twitter hashtag is #SpeakOut.

I've also extended the Speak Out giveaways until November 22nd. Have at it!

Please help support our dedicated charity for this event, Band Back Together, by making a donation via the widget on the sidebar (feel free to copy it for your own site, too).

I would love it if you chose to place the linky on your own post. Click the link below to get the code:

The posts I've read so far have been incredible. Beautiful, sad, inspiring, hopeful. Thanks again for speaking out. xx

If you need help immediately

If you're in an abusive situation and need help now, start with the links below. Please, please, please talk to someone who can offer you support and assistance. Talk to someone. It can be hard when you're in the middle of it to see your way out. Please know that you deserve to live free of fear and violence, including emotional violence. Please know that it is vital for your children to live in a safe and healthy home.

In the United States.
In Australia.
In the United Kingdom.
If you live in another country, google "domestic violence hotline".
This page is an excellent all-around resource.

* * * Trigger warning: some of the posts linked below may contain graphic descriptions of violence and may be triggering if you have ever experienced or witnessed violence. ***


  1. I salute you. my friend. Truly and from the heart. My post will be online tomorrow. I'm very proud to be part of this.

  2. Thank you so much for doing this Kristin.

  3. Well done everyone involved - my post is up - though to be fair it basically says - go to Wanderlust. There you go - I just saved you the bother of going to it! I'm not very good at selling am I?

  4. NZ numbers are
    Shine 0508 744 633
    Are You Ok Information Line 0800 456 450
    Women's Refuge 0800 REFUGE

  5. Awesome, thanks Kate!

    Thanks to all of you for adding your voices. Love it! x

  6. I am reading them all but cannot comment. These posts take away my voice and I feel unable to voice my admiration for these bloggers.

    But please, know I think you are all amazing.

  7. Great initiative! Well done! I also happen to have "spoken out" today, but about my experience with sexual abuse. So I didn't link it up here because it's not what you were about today. But I'll keep my eyes peeled for any other initiatives between now and the 25th.
    Thanks again.

  8. Thank you K for turning your own difficult circumstances into something postive and helpful for others xx Keep on keeping on.

  9. Thank you for running the speak out campaign. Thank you for giving people a place, a community, to speak out. Thank you for letting us read your stories. You are doing a wonderful thing. xx

  10. Thank you for running this campaign and making those of us who weren't aware of how prevalent this issue is, just how bad some people have it / have had it.

    Love, hugs and positive energy !

  11. Hi Kristin - I have posted a Speak Out blog but am a completely useless when it comes to anything technical and so don't know how to link it back to your site !! If you can help - great - otherwise whoever reads my blog will read it anyway.
    Have a great day and thanks again for making me aware of the problem that is out there - I did not know !

  12. Much love and much respect to you my brave

  13. @Me - there's a little blue button at the bottom of the linky that says "add my link". You click that and then paste in your url, title and email. I can do it if you need, but I don't know your email (I can use my own, but want to have emails available so I can thank participants).

  14. I raise my glass to you, K xxx

  15. Congratulations on a fantastic, worthy and inspiring event. I could not be proud to have joined in to raise awareness. I always speak out against domestic violence but today I share my own story and I #SpeakOut - together our raised voices can be heard, bringing strength and bravery to those who need it most! xx

  16. Thanks for this initiative, Kirstin!

    My blog post went up this morning

    (Third time I am trying to comment. Hope it goes through now!)

  17. Thank you .
    Have posted on blog to support.

  18. I'm going to try and read and comment on all of these posts. Well done you for bringing this all together and lets hope that our collective stories can give hope and strength to those who desperately need it. xx

  19. Well done, Kristin, you've done a brilliant job x

  20. I've said it before, but you remind me of my mum. Your strength and courage amazes me. I love what you have done for your children. Thanks for doing this K. much Love

    Bern x


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