When it comes to gender-based violence, the news is often overwhelming: another sexual assault, another domestic violence-related murder-suicide, another instance of a child killing herself after being relentlessly bullied online. It’s hard to imagine what you can do to make a difference. But in fact, we all can be part of the change needed to end this violence, in ways that can be as simple as talking about these issues.
At our 40th Anniversary donor event in November, we asked Blackburn Center supporters what they can do to help us achieve our mission of ending gender-based violence in our community. We were struck by the thoughtfulness of these commitments, and believe that others could benefit from reading them. Here are just a few of the commitments made by our supporters:
I CAN …
Speak at an event to empower others who cannot speak for themselves
Attend the 2017 “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event
Empathize and educate
Train police to respond to victims
Talk to community groups that I belong to about Blackburn Center
Work on the hotline
Educate people about the dynamics of domestic violence
Keep trying to engage the “next generation”
Do a drive to collect items for Blackburn Center’s emergency shelter
Encourage students to be kind!
Always be understanding
Spread the message of Blackburn’s mission
Develop a conversation starter to help men talk about sexism and privilege
Schedule a speaker for my group
Not remain silent
We hope that these inspire you to take action in your own life, whether through donating or volunteering, speaking out, or educating others. What can you do to make a difference in Westmoreland County and beyond?
If your life has been impacted by violence or crime — including domestic violence or sexual assault, please know that we are here to help. We offer a range of services for victims of violence and crime, including a 24 hour hotline (1-888-832-2272 or 724-836-1122), counseling, and an emergency shelter. You are not alone!