Friday, October 25, 2013

A man said to me, "Hey sis! Listen you must be doing something right, or in your past helped another, so keep doing whatever it is.,. Cause its evident.  Have a good day!

Man that touched me in so many places. This week alone I needed that warmth. I had a serious setback in my personal life not to mention an illness (that I can't shake at the moment).  I, at the time remained unable to figure out how to make it through other things necessary for the week and month.  My decision or lack of response would happen in 10 minutes or less.  I say ten minutes because it took about three to grasp what was really happening and being stated to me and two more to listen to it being conveyed   I had only one minute to resolve. 

I am thankful for my purpose. I am equally thankful for my close, personal and extended friends I have here in my life. 

A few years back, I questioned and doubted my purpose, even life itself but a big difference, is the people I've met on this journey moving forward, the ones in my life, who become what I call my "Safe Circle" now hold me up. Without me asking - when and if I get weak, depressed, unmoved, whether I'm hurting, overwhelmed, anxious, stagnant, troubled  or over-extending myself ( as passionate people do from time to time).  

What makes my "Safe Circle" different now vs. Back then during my trauma(s)?  Good question.  Well instead of turning/walking away and talking about me like others in my past...they talk to me, walk with me stand in the gap for me and hold my hand when needed, give me hugs ( I love and thrive off hugs! ) cause they know that’s what moves me...

I have made it #Fullcircle

The amazing thing is I was one person, alone providing all those things, standing up and in the gap for individuals and strangers, (who have touched my heart and remain), giving what I couldn't get after being raped... and again after my son died. It was in those times, what I needed most was love, encouragement, hugs, and words of affirmation.

Through my trials I learned how to heal daily.  Now I help others create, identify, maintain their own "Safe Circles" and take their own individual steps to heal daily.

All the love care support- I've given to so many is now continuously given to me and I am thankful.

I wanted to share this short note because I was asked how and why I am able to keep moving and I am always encouraged by others and sometimes their energy gives me the strength to move when I feel I can’t. I still get hurt, just recently   I might add but I am still here. I believe what I teach. You are bigger than your circumstance or situation and so am I , The teacher just needed a little nudge and reminder , so thank you universe  thank you for providing a way for me to see and become Thankful once again.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)Relief Fund Design Contest |

In 2005, the Relief Fund for Sexual Assault Victims was established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to collect donations that will aid sexual assault victims and advocacy programs that have been impacted by disasters in the United States.

To help support these efforts, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) will be releasing a set of blank greeting cards, and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these cards will support the Relief Fund.
Four designs will be chosen and then those designs will be transformed into greeting cards. In addition to helping survivors of sexual assault, winners will have their name printed on the back of the cards and have their design promoted via our social networking sites and website. As a thank you for pitching in, winners will receive a prize pack of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)-themed merchandise.

How to enter NSVRC contest:

Get creative. Come up with an original design that conveys the theme, “Lend a hand, heal a heart.” Artwork can be either portrait or landscape orientation, with the final note card size of 4.25 in. X 5.5 in. The design contest is for the front of the card. The inside of the cards will be blank and the back panel will contain information about the Relief Fund and artist.

  • Save a copy of your artwork as a PDF, JPG or PNG. Keep in mind, the file you submit via email is for voting purposes only, so it should be 72 DPI. If your design is one of the finalists, we will ask you for high-resolution artwork (300 DPI).

  • Email contact information, design(s) and a PDF of the completed release form to; please note in the subject line of the email that it is for the “Note card contest.” There is no limit to the number of designs you can submit, however each entry must be accompanied with contact info and a completed release form

  • Deadline to submit a design is 5 p.m. EDT., Monday, April 30, 2012. Submission will be posted online for voting. Once your design is up for voting, feel free to promote your design via networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. On Twitter, we’ll be promoting the contest with #ReliefFund. Winning designs will be chosen and announced by Friday, May 18.

Relief Fund Design Contest | National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Free Webinar: How Understanding and Responding to Children's Sexual Behaviors Can Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Date: April 25, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM -2:30PM Eastern

This workshop covers how to determine whether sexual behaviors in children are age-appropriate and how to respond to behaviors that are outside of what you would expect to see in children of various ages.  Register:  Stop It Now Webinar


  • What are Age Appropriate Sexual Behaviors in pre-pubescent children
  • How to use context to determine whether behaviors are concerning or harmful
  • How to respond appropriately including talking with parents or other adults about concerning behaviors
  • Practice putting knowledge into action by discussing various scenarios

This workshop is particularly appropriate for professionals who work with families or children, including child care providers, home visitors, teachers, and staff of youth serving organizations.
The focus is on pre-pubescent children

Yvonne Cournoyer - Program Director, Stop It Now!

Sarita Hudson - Director of Public Engagement, Stop It Now!

April is Sexual Assault Month!

Web Conference: End Child Sexual Abuse within the Sexual Violence Prevention Movement

During 2012 there will be 9 web conferences to explore themes of how to end child sexual abuse and build the network of those committed to addressing this issue.
The first web conference on May 3, 2012, is titled “Including Efforts to End Child Sexual Abuse within the Sexual Violence Prevention Movement.”

This session focuses on the power and possibilities of local, statewide and national strategies to highlight child sexual abuse prevention as foundational to sexual violence prevention efforts throughout the lifespan

This ninety-minute (90 min) session will start at 2 PM Eastern Time (1 PM Central, Noon Mountain, 11 AM Pacific, 10 AM Alaska, 8 AM Hawai’i).

Sponsor: Ms. Foundation for Women
Web Conference Facilitators: Joan Tabachnick and Cordelia Anderson

Friday, April 13, 2012

Caroline County Hosts Walk to End Sexual Violence

1st Annual Teal Ribbon Walk to End Sexual Violence - tomorrow!!

Hosted By Caroline County Alliance Against Violence
In Support of Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault

April 14, 2012 at Caroline High School

Register on site tomorrow or call 540-371-6771
Cost per Individual: $25
Cost per Team Member: $15

All Funds support education, prevention, and intervention on sexual violence and abuse in Caroline County

                                                     *Central Virgina offers 24hr Hotline*
               free crisis intervention, counseling, support and medical accompaniment

Friday, March 23, 2012

Healthy Reform in the Community

Building a Healthy Exchange

The African American Leadership Forum's (AALF) Health and Wellness committee is joining the Minneapolis Urban League and TakeActionMNfor an event to ensure you have "voice and choice" on health care exchanges a critical element of Affordable Care Act

What: Building a Healthy Exchange: A Community Conversation about Health Reform in Minnesota, with special guest Commissioner of Commerce Mike Rothman

When: Sunday, March 25th. Registration starts at 2:30pm, meeting is from 3pm to 5pm

Where: Kagin Commons on the campus of Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, 55105

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