October is both Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the month comes to a close, we felt it was important to highlight both of these causes, as well as, ways to give back/get needed help. No matter the month, love shouldn't hurt and cancer sucks.
Domestic Violence Awareness
One in four women will be victims of of severe violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. It can take the form of physical, financial, emotion abuse or some combination of all three. Black women experience intimate partner violence at rates 35% higher than white women. We hear about domestic violence all the time, but these organizations are working to do something about it.
"The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is the voice of victims and survivors. We are the catalyst for changing society to have zero tolerance for domestic violence. We do this by effecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence and providing programs and education that drive change."
The NCADV offers help and resources to those affected by domestic violence. If interested in getting involved, you can donate online via their website.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website.
Breast Cancer Awareness
"About one in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. African American are more likely to die from breast cancer even though white women are slightly more likely to develop it. (And our rate of contracting it is on the rise. SELF-SCREEN and GET MAMMOGRAMS!!) Eighty-five percent of breast cancers develop in women with no family history. The most significant risk factors are being a woman and aging." - www.breastcancer.org
If you're interested in working to raise awareness of this issue you can participate in a local Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and most importantly, talk to the women in your life about their health.
You can also buy the following products. One hundred percent of your purchase will go towards Breast Cancer Awareness.
Please do your self-checks and get mammograms. Preventative screenings could save your life!