You are lazy.
You are dirty.
You are a worthless slob.
These are the words that were breathed to me. Words I've worked hard to recognize are not true. But over a 7-year relationship, I listened to them.
Over a 7-year period I watched as my belongings were broken because I'd left them out. As my dog was beaten in punishment for his frustration. As my sense of self was slowly ground into nothingness.
Domestic Violence is a personal topic for me. In 2012, thanks to the help of a domestic violence advocacy agency I was able to leave an abusive marriage.
It took me a long time to realize that even though I felt alone, I wasn't. And the more I shared my story with others, the more they shared back. I started the Hop to Stop as a way to connect DV survivors and give hope to victims. I never imagined I would read through the stories that were shared along the Hop, the crafters who poured out their hearts - some of them for the first time ever.
Here is my message for you.
Though you feel bruised and stained...
Though darkness had covered your life...
There is hope for light to shine again.
Though you feel shattered in pieces...
And though shadows cling to your edges...
Those pieces CAN be put back together.
Made even more beautiful.
YOU are a work of art.
If you're wondering why everything (at least that's my hope) in the blogosphere is turning purple... there IS a reason - the Hop to Stop is here!
You see, purple is the color of National Domestic Violence Awareness month.
1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the course of their lifetimes.
Let that sink in - 33% of all the women you meet.
Women between the ages of 15 and 44 are more likely to be injured or die as a result of domestic violence, than through rapes, muggings and car accidents combined.
And women aren't the only people who are affected! Women, men, transgender - gender doesn't matter. Domestic violence is something that exists regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education level, etc.
And yet, it's something that is rarely talked about in very public ways. It's something that's hidden and hushed. And since papercrafters are some of the most amazing people out there, some of you have agreed to make a card (or cards) to raise awareness for this issue.Together, we CAN make a powerful impact.
Speaking of amazingly awesome - ^^^ Do you SEE that graphic above?! These are all the incredible companies who've agreed to support this blog hop. 12 companies and over $700 in prizes! I can't thank them enough! Complete prize listings are available in the FACEBOOK EVENT page.
DCWV is donating to paper stacks for every 75 linkups
DecoArt donated a prize package valued at nearly $200
Happy Little Stampers donated a $20 gift card
Jessica Lynn Original donated a $20 gift card
STAMPlorations donated a $20 gift codeTattered Angels donated purple Glimmer Mists
Uniko Studios donated a stamp set of choice
Verve Stamps donated a $30 gift code
Unity Stamp Company donated over $200 of stamps
Now... one last thing before the linkup (I know, I know... it's a long post. Some of you have asked if you could send your cards somewhere special, and so I've reached out to the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) here in Grand Forks, ND. They are SO excited about the plan and said they could definitely use cards.
CVIC is a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, legal advocacy, housing assistance, and child and adult therapy for victims of physical and sexual violence.
It's not mandatory, but if you want to send cards to CVIC, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll give you my address.
I can't wait to see what you've created!
THE RULES (oh those pesky things...)
If you'd like to participate in the Hop to Stop, here's how it works:
- 1 - Make a card that FEATURES purple
- 2 - Link it up below before October 30, 12noon CST
- 3 - New creations only please, no backlinking allowed
- 4 - Provide a link back to the Hop! (it would be great if you put the badge in, too!)
- 5 - You MUST comment on at least the 3 entries before you to be eligible to win (be a good neighbor) buuuuuuut visiting the sponsor blogs/shops is HIGHLY encouraged. (hey - they are pretty generous and it would be great if we could thank them! There might even be an extra special top-secret prize in it for someone - wink* wink*)
Link up your cards here!