October Awareness

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.

Source: healthfeed.utah.edu

Support & Involvement

Prevention

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.

SIGNS

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.

SUPPORT

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.

Read more tips here.

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:

GET INVOLVED


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!

 

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  • What an amazing post. I love the part about self breast exams and my jaw dropped at the abuse statistics. Awareness really is the first step to helping with both of these issues, though. Thanks for posting!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

    • Savannah

      Thanks for commenting! Finding statistics wasn’t hard, but reading some of them definitely was. Hope youve had a great week!

  • This is such a beautiful post. First- yes, breast cancer awareness! I’m loving all the campaigns right now that actually bring awareness to the cause rather than simply sexualizing breasts to raise money, as in the past (if i see another ‘save the tatas’ bracelet in my life time, I will snap”

    Secondly- domestic abuse is such an important subject. And particularly on how it’s not just physical! I know way too many women involved in abusive relationships, yet can’t get out. We need more awareness and help for this cause.

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

    • Savannah

      SUCH a great point about bringing awareness. I totally agree. Some of the self breast exam campaigns are hilarious. Thank you so much for your sweet comment!

  • Great post! Thanks for sharing so many tips. Breast Cancer has recently entered our families and these tips are so true!

    • Savannah

      Thank you so much! Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way for those in your family dealing with Breast Cancer right now.

  • These are all very important things to know.
    I have seen so many people get stuck in rough relationships and not be able to escape.
    It’s so sad to watch someone go down that path and not be able to help them.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Savannah

      I have seen people in these types of relationships as well and its so important to spread the word about how we can help them work through it. Thanks for commenting!

  • I’m a huge supporter of DVAM! Thank you for sharing, it means a lot to those who are 1 in 4.
    http://www.kayleighskloset.com

    • Savannah

      Hey Kayleigh! Thanks so much for commenting. I’m so glad I can use this blog to talk about important issues like this and help raise awareness.

  • Oh my goodness, I just learned so much information from this post. Thanks for sharing. I completely agree with you, these are two topics that are most definitely important to keep informed about.

    Jadore l Jadoregrace

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! Hope you have a great weekend!

  • These are so important to be shared & talked about! Breast cancer awareness is very close to my heart, my mother in law just beat that awful disease this year. Thank you for saying the hard things and keeping us informed!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

    • Savannah

      Wow, that’s AWESOME! Go MIL! Thanks so much for commenting, and I hope you have a great weekend!

  • Wow. Women who leave their abusers have a 75% greater chance of being killed by them. It’s a harrowing statistic, and honestly, it answers why so many women do just end up staying. Thanks for shedding light on two important women’s health issues! Awareness is the first huge step.

    xo,
    Melissa | These words are my own.

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for commenting! The statistics I found and even those I didn’t include were very eye opening.

  • Elana

    This is the most helpful post I’ve read in a long time. Thank you for using your platform to spread such an important message.

    • Savannah

      Thank you SO much for that comment. It means a lot to me. I’m so glad I have a platform and I’m connected to such a great community that allows me to spread the word about things that are important to me!

  • The breast cancer stats are alarming!! Both causes are so important and this is a great post!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much! Can’t wait to see pics from the HC Fashion Show! :]

  • Some of these statistics were shocking to me and I am so glad I read this post!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Savannah

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I was very surprised too when putting this post together.

  • Cat

    This is a wonderful post! All of the info graphics really help hammer the information home.

    • Savannah

      Thanks! I was worried the infographics would be too much but I’m glad you liked them.

  • Thanks for sharing these statistics, I think both of these causes are so so important. Domestic violence statistics always resonate with me, my ex-boyfriend was violent and the situation made me realize how hard it is to get out of an unhealthy relationship even if you want to. It’s so scary!

    • Savannah

      Hey Jordyn! Thanks for commenting. I’m so glad you were able to move on from that relationship and you’re safe!

  • This is a really great and comprehensive. October is an important month and I’m so glad you took the time out to write this post to make sure everyone was more aware!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • LOVE this post – breast cancer seems to run in parts of my family so I’m an especially big fan of Breast Cancer Awareness!