October is the month for pumpkin spice lattes, the end of OCR, Homecoming, and Halloween.
More importantly, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. (#DVAM16)
I implore all of you to take a stand against assault, abuse, and domestic violence.
If you or a loved one are in an abusive relationship, the following resources may guide you:
- http://www.crisistextline.org/ (recommended by Adam Grant himself!)
Please remember that it is never the survivor’s fault, and that healing is a long process. Unconditional love and support, as well as showing them and the rest of the world that you believe violence in any form is unacceptable, are the best things you can give to a survivor 🙂
If you believe you or someone you know is abusive, take responsibility. Silence is condoning violence. Time does not heal the pain from an assault or abuse; action does. Responsibility includes seeking professional counseling and therapy and/or enrolling in intervention programs to prevent further violence and to address the root cause. Change is possible 🙂