“Be Brave Be Beautiful”
Hi Everyone!! Most of you may or may not know, currently, I am in my final semester at Bay Path University and looking forward to graduating this coming May! One of the requirements as a graduating senior is to participate in a leadership project that brings awareness to my community as well as to help those in need. The organization that has touched my heart and that I’ve chosen to support is Women Aware (Moving Beyond Abuse). Women Aware envisions a society where individuals can live free from violence and injustice. Their mission is to promote the safety and self-sufficiency of women and children, as well as provide services to survivors of domestic violence in Middlesex County, New Jersey.
My mission, which is to raise $500.00, would not be possible without your generosity. Thanks to you, victims of domestic violence can move beyond abuse. A little goes a long way and a lot goes even farther. Here are some examples of what your donation can do to support women and children in crisis:
• $25.00 - Provides school supplies for a child living in our shelter.
• $50.00 - Feeds a mother and child for a day in our shelter.
• $250.00 - Assists a victim to secure legal protection.
• $500.00 - Supports a week of answering our 24-hour crisis hotline.
• $1,000.00 - Helps shelter a mother and her two children fleeing violence.
Even a small donation of $10.00 can help financially support the shelter by providing safe housing for these women fleeing abuse.
My name is Jessica. I am a survivor of domestic violence and a mother of two. A few years ago, the person that once told me “I love you” started hurting me. Maybe you ask yourselves, why didn’t she leave him when the abuse started? The answer is that I was scared of losing my kids, and I had no finances to support myself. My abuser told me, 'If you leave me, you won’t be able to take the kids with you. You have no money and no job, you won't get far.' He controlled all of the finances, and after having my children, he wanted me to stay home and take care of the family. What I thought was initially sweet and considerate, eventually turned into possessive control over my life.
One night, he arrived home drunk and angry. He told me that if I screamed it would only get worse, and he started to beat me. All I could think was: my life is over. When he left for work the next day, I thought about leaving, but had nowhere to go. I called my friend crying, and she gave me the number to Women Aware. It was the call that changed my life.Through the support at Women Aware, I received the gift to live, to do better with my kids, to not fear getting beaten again. I received the gift of a new life.
Today, my children and I live free from abuse and have a safe place to call home. My children completed Women Aware’s trauma counseling program, and they are excelling in school. I was able to get a restraining order and information through Women Aware's legal advocacy program. I also joined their weekly support groups, where I met other women going through similar experiences. Thanks to Women Aware, I was able to move beyond the abuse of my past. I survived.
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