Wednesday, 16 November 2011

(White Ribbon) - Heart of Gold

With one voice, as one community, we are speaking out and working to end violence against women.

The White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon Campaign International
White Ribbon on Twitter

I am sooo proud of all my fellow gold bloggers today & as one of the few female writers, I am very aware of many of these issues. I had no idea of the statistics. Here in my cosy little corner of the world, these things are rare but recently they have shoved themselves under my nose too.

Regular readers will know that I don't usually write much personal stuff here - this is my gold making blog after all but this is different. I was one of those statistics as a teenager although I never reported anything. I was too young & too stupid to know quite what to do. I was one of the lucky ones, I had some very good friends who helped me & I have been able to put 95% of the emotional baggage behind me but that last 5% will stay with me forever.

So to all the wonderful decent people out there - read some of this stuff, see if there's something you can do too.


PS I've had some lovely supportive emails since I posted this & I thank you all, you know who you are. I do just want to clarify a little tho - I was part of the abusive relationship statistics not the rape ones. I'm not sure I'd have had the strength to put all of that behind me & my heart goes out to all who suffer that violence.