She may be your sister, your best friend, a neighbor or co-worker. You might not know exactly what her situation is, yet you have your suspicions. What do you do? Assume the worst? Ignore it? Wait for her to approach you? Think it’s none of your business?
Domestic violence is not just a women’s issue, it’s everyone’s issue. If you know someone who may be or is in a violent situation, you need to #SaySomething.
Knowing how and when to speak up – not to mention how to make sure everyone stays safe when you do so – can be a delicate balancing act. #SaySomething recognizes how silence can feed into abusive attitudes and behaviors. Putting it out there will not only raise awareness but also direct people to a ton of information and resources; info that would be helpful for victims, perpetrators, service providers and the bystanders who want to be a part of the solution.
“Throughout history, domestic and sexual violence against women have thrived in the shadows. Most people don’t speak up because they don’t know what to say, don’t know what to do or know where help can be found. This campaign is another step forward in breaking the silence. Reaching out to those who are struggling will help to shine a light on a subject that has been hidden for too long.” – Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association of BC
So, what are you going to do? Visit www.saysomethingbc.ca, tweet using the hash-tag #SaySomething, share on Facebook, but most of all… speak up and #SaySomething to help break the silence on domestic violence.