Hey! Half way through the week! How’s it going for you so far? Today I’m going to talk to you about two things that are represented by the month of October: Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness. These are both heavy topics, but it is important to stay informed and learn how you can be involved. Below you’ll find some infographics, some statistics, and lots of resources to keep you aware and keep you safe.
Keep Calm & Check Yourself
Girls AND guys, frequently checking to make sure everything’s all good with your pair is SO important!
This great infographic up above is from coppafeel.org. Find more information and schedule text reminders by clicking here! And from How Does She, you can find many free Breast Cancer printables!
Did you know?
- More than 2.8 million people living in the US are Breast Cancer Survivors.
- About 85% of diagnoses occur in women with no family history of Breast Cancer.
- Physically active women are 25% less likely to develop Breast Cancer.
Support & Involvement
- A co-survivor is someone who is close to a person diagnosed with Breast Cancer. If someone you love has Breast Cancer, you can reach out to many support groups for friends and family. Try a list of resources from Susan G. Komen and receive help with coping from the American Cancer Society.
- If you’re looking for a way to get involved and help, here are 5 steps from Susan G. Komen and more ways from the American Cancer Society.
Provided by Alert.com
- Get an annual mammogram from age 40.
- Avoid pollution such as car exhaust.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Limit alcohol to 1 serving per day
LOVE SHOULD NEVER HURT
Did you know? 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are victims of domestic violence.
First, here are some warning signs for an unhealthy relationship:
- They say hurtful things to you.
- They isolate you from others.
- They get angry or upset easily.
- They call you names and are emotionally abusive.
- They spread rumors or tell lies about you.
- They criticize you and put you down a lot.
- They force physical and sexual abuse.
- They act intimidating and threaten you.
- They blame you or others for problems.
- They use jealousy to justify actions.
- They smash, hit, or kick objects.
- They embarrass you in public.
These warning signs are listed by EVE. EVE Services are FREE and confidential. You can get help if you think you’re experiencing domestic violence and abuse by calling their 24 hour Crisis Line at 517-372-5572.
If someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, Healthy Place provides great advice on what to say. Don’t forget that men can be victims of domestic violence as well, and as their friend you should let them know that there’s no reason to feel embarrassed about being male and also experiencing abuse.
NCADV says that “A victim’s reasons for staying with their abusers are extremely complex.” There are many barriers to escaping an abusive relationship, including pressures put on by society, such as lack of support, religious and cultural practices, and fear of isolation. If you have a friend that might be or is experiencing domestic abuse, the National Domestic Violence Helpline lists some conversation tips:
- Talk to her and help her to open up. You may have to try several times before she will confide in you
- Try to be direct and start by saying something like, “I’m worried about you because …..” or “I’m concerned about your safety…”
- Do not judge her.
- Listen to and believe what she tells you – too often people do not believe a woman when she first discloses abuse.
- Reassure her that the abuse is not her fault and that you are there for her.
- Be patient.
Adults aren’t the only ones at risk for domestic violence. “Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.” (Source) Here is more information about violence and abuse in younger relationships:
October is such an important month for awareness. It is important to stay involved and stay aware. See you on Friday with an all new Friday Favorites!