One year ago today, Violence UnSilenced launched.
I find myself at a loss for words, so I’ll just let this video do the talking.
Thank you all, so very, very much.
UPDATE: I missed somebody! I feel so terrible. Please read this.
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Thank you to each and everyone of you. The more of us who speak out, tell the truth and claim our space, the better life will be for everyone. Everyone deserves to live in a safe, supportive environment. Thank you Maggie for making this space/environment of dignity and safety available.
Crying. Happy and sad. Happy to have found this place. Sad that I cannot seem to summon the courage to give you my story. There are a few people in my life who know the story but I'm afraid that telling it will hurt people to know this about me.
One year ago, Violence UnSilenced launched http://violenceunsilenced.com/first-anniversary-celebration-violence-unsilenced/
Violence UnSilenced is celebrating its first anniversary. Have you seen this video yet? It is incredible. http://tinyurl.com/yhprz2b
This was such an amazing video. My heart is in my throat and I'm covered in goose bumps.
Thank you for providing a place where all these women (and men) can speak out. I saw so many familiar faces that have already spoken out. You helped them do that. You have made a real difference. You have broken the silence.
I couldn't stop crying when I viewed the video. I have no words to say other than "thank you". I hope to show this video to my daughter one day to tell her how we both not only survived, but spoke out together!
Happy Anniversary, VU!
Maggie, you are truly amazing. I am so grateful and honored to call you FRIEND.
Love you lady,
Whoohoo! What a celebration of breaking free from the silence! You have created such an amazing place here at Violence Unsilenced. Thank you for all that you do.@Abeeliever
Absolutely awe inspiring. I just found you and am letting someone very special to me know about you. She has recently spoken out somewhat in her own way, but I can only imagine and pray that having this wonderful group supporting her will help her even more.
i am in awe. what a tangible example of a portion of the lives that have been touched by your passion, Maggie. So proud of you, and of everyone who has written, submitted, commented, and supported!
RT @Stimey: This is beautiful, amazing, powerful, and important: http://bit.ly/cQXzDo Happy Birthday, Violence Unsilenced! Thanks, @MaggieDammit
This is beautiful, amazing, powerful, and important: http://bit.ly/cQXzDo Happy Birthday, Violence Unsilenced! Thanks, @MaggieDammit
Can one person make a difference? You bet! http://violenceunsilenced.com/first-anniversary-celebration-violence-unsilenced/
This moved me to tears. Such a powerful testimony of the impact of one person's vision and a community's support. God bless all of us as we change the world. I pray for the day when this site runs out of speakers because peace prevails.
Maggie, thank you for this ministry.
Reason 8,008 why I love @maggiedammit: http://violenceunsilenced.com/first-anniversary-celebration-violence-unsilenced/ /@TheBloggess
RT @MaggieDammit: I can't believe it's been a year! Come celebrate the birthday of Violence UnSilenced with us, and thank you!: http://bit.ly/cQXzDo #vu
Thank God for websites that support survivors and there families like this one.
Lisa, I am proud of you for speaking out for Tracy & Deja. You can be their voice now that they are in heaven. I am proud ot call you not only my sister-in-law, but my sister.
God Bless Tracy, Deja, and all of the victims of violence.
I work at a dv center in Florida. This is an amazing video! Thank you to you and all the survivors for speaking out and for speaking out for those who are not able to!!
Wow, so powerful... I am recovering and do not attend meeting as I should. I know twhat hey say !/2 measurses. Gosh darn ( dammit) I want to think I can handle this.
Congratulations! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do! I watched this and bawled... I watched it again and bawled! Thank you to those who did SPEAK OUT and SPEAK OUT for those who can't!
this had me crying - but through a big smile in happiness for those who have and will speak out. what an amazing blessing this "project" is. i hope that it only flourishes.
Oh dude. You inspire me.
These voices inspire me.
The strength jumping out of this computer screen inspires me.
Maggie, it's incredible. Everything about this place is.
Thank you for giving me my voice. I can never repay you for that opportunity.
I LOVE YOU LADY AND ALL YOU DO HERE.
Sorry for the caps, but I needed to yell that one at you.
Thank you. And congrats on one year of speaking out - to all of you survivors.
Wow how amazing, Maggie... everyone. This made me cry... everyone here is so strong. Thank you for letting me, and all of us speak out!
I love the video. I think it's so great that you've created a place where those who need it can speak out. And then hopefully fewer will end up needing a place to speak out. Happy Anniversary!
Fabulous video - and congratulations on creating something so emotionally and practically beneficial. Way to go.
To all those who speak out here, you are brave and amazing.
To those who support, rock the casba.
What a wonderful video. My husband and I just watched it together. What a great space you provide....I have been blessed not to need it, but I know plenty of people who do.
Maggie, you are amazing. Giving this safe space to women, and to men as well, who need it, is a bold and brave thing. Ever may you reign! :-)
BTW, I've "taken the pledge"; added a badge to my (seldom-visited!) blog: http://gkkk04.wordpress.com/ Thanks for the opportunity.
crying....crying...crying...and feeling stronger every day because of YOU Maggie. Because of ALL of us who have spoken out, who have left a trail for others to walk upon.
Maggie and to all of us...we deserve a standing O...
Thank you for all you have done this year. I loved seeing the faces of my fellow outspoken survivor sisters and brothers.
To all of you who are still wondering if you should speak: I have to tell you that the path of freedom that starts with the first step of standing up and telling about the abuse is worth it. Don't suffer in silence.
Love to you Maggie, and all of you. ~M.E.