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Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

You Can Help!

Are you familiar with Violence UnSilenced? It’s a wonderful, amazing, grassroots effort started by Maggie at Okay, Fine, Dammit… to help give a voice to the survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

The site was recently nominated for SocialLuxe Lounge’s Most Inspiring Blog. Winning means recognition at Blogher and can help bring even more voices, ears and recognition to a cause that we all care about.

You can help make this happen. All you have to do is click through to vote, and it only takes a minute.

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Once you click through…

Click on the blue banner that reads, Most Inspiring Blog

Click the “vote” button under Violence UnSilenced

Enter your name and email address

That’s it. See how easy it is.

You can vote once a day until July 6th.

If you have two minutes to spare over the weekend, won’t you help make this happen, please?

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“Violence UnSilenced? was created with the sole intention of shedding light on the epidemics of domestic violence and sexual assault by giving their survivors a voice. I believe one of the last hurdles to eradicating abuse is the culture of silence and shame that exists yet today. I believe that you have people in your life that are being abused, you just don’t realize it. I believe victims are led to believe they are alone, that no one will believe them, and that people will think less of them. I believe every situation is complicated and unique. I believe that every single survivor of abuse is different from his or her comrades, and that by sharing stories here we can educate the public as to just how pervasive domestic violence and sexual assault is, and how it crosses all cultural, racial, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic lines. I believe this is society’s collective problem, not simply a problem of those directly impacted. I believe there are 70 million blogs out there, and that one in four women will experience abuse in her lifetime. I believe we who are active in the blogosphere have a responsibility to listen to our friends and to spread the word, so that we can strip abusers of this critical power.”

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