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And you don’t want to miss two exciting events:
On September 29th grab a leash and your favorite pooch and join us in Congress Park for the kickoff to Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the 7th Annual Pooch Parade.
And call up your favorite gal friends and join us at Longfellows on October 11th for Girlfriends Helping Girlfriends.
For more info on both events click here
Yesterday’s New York Times featured an article titled “How Saying #MeToo Changed Their Lives”. It featured 20 men and women who spoke about about their experiences of sexual assault or harassment and the positive, negative, unexpected, and healing emotions and interactions they encountered as a result of publicly saying #MeToo.
All over the nation, conversations are happening about formerly taboo topics, about social norms that we never questioned (even when they felt really uncomfortable and hurt people we cared about), and about what our personal role is in this highly charges social issue.
Some people find liberation and support as they tell stories that they’ve kept secret for weeks, years or decades about being victimized. Some find confirmation as others say, “That sounds just like what he did to me.” Other experience judgments, “How did you let that happen to you?” Or isolation, “No one reached out” or “I was shunned in my workplace/career.” Some begin to probe the depths of how their victimization and silence has affected their lives, “[it] opened up other issues that were exacerbated by the abuse, though not directly related. Issues such as my own sense of confidence, and why I was one of the ones chosen.”
Or as Drew Dixon stated to reporter Joe Coscarelli,
And many found strength, support and hope, like Deborah Harris who felt berated and humiliated by the sexual harassment. She stated,
After the article, my daughter posted on Facebook: ‘My mother, social justice warrior.’ I really kind of got elevated in her eyes. I’m proud of myself.
We honor the courage of the many women and men who have shared their personal experiences of victimization. In order for change to happen these issues need to come out of the shadows and we need to hear the pain and injustice that survivors have encountered… but hearing those stories an feel poignantly raw and real. If the recent media attention about issues of sexual harassment has affected you or someone you know, call Wellspring we understand and we’re here to help.
Saratoga Springs, NY, Oct 31 2017 – Wellspring, the Saratoga County based domestic violence and sexual assault services resource has won a $35,000 prize grant from The Allstate Foundation after placing in 3rd in a nationwide fundraising competition for domestic violence organizations in Allstate’s Purple Purse Challenge. This marks the third prize won by the organization during the month-long challenge. Wellspring also finished the second week of the challenge in the Top 3, winning an additional $10,000 challenge gift and finished the final week in the Top 5, winning $3,000.
In total, Wellspring raised more than $80,000 thanks to the generosity of the community. They will use the money to support their comprehensive approach to helping victims of domestic violence, providing services such as shelter, a 24-Hour hotline, counseling, and legal advocacy. The funds will also help expand the programs that focus on prevention, issue awareness, and social change, such as partnerships with local schools and law enforcement.
Wellspring was supported in the challenge by 38 volunteers who helped raise funds from more than 300 donors. Local businesses and service organizations also supported Wellspring throughout the challenge—some hosted lunch and learn sessions, donation fitness classes, a company taco day, several promoted dress down days, and a local restaurant organized a dining out night to raise money and awareness.
Maggie Fronk, executive director of Wellspring, said, “I am totally in awe of the generosity of our community in supporting Wellspring’s vision of ending relationship and sexual abuse. “
The Challenge, which wrapped up Oct. 31, coincided with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In total, the Purple Purse Challenge raised $2.5 million that will go toward helping domestic violence survivors regain their independence.
The fundraising comes at a critical time for Wellspring and other domestic violence organizations around the country: On an average day, more than 12,000 requests for emergency shelter, childcare, financial aid and other services go unanswered due to a lack of funding at domestic violence programs around the country. In 2016, Wellspring answered 1,625 hotline calls, provided almost 17,000 safe bed nights of shelter and supportive housing, counseled 843 individuals who were escaping their abuse, and provided education about the signs of relationship and sexual abuse to 5,600 students or community groups. They also started new programs and positions to expand their reach and services, as well as invested in new outreach programs to improve their communication with the entire community.
The Purple Purse Challenge is part of Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, which aims to help end domestic violence and financial abuse through financial empowerment. In its 13th year, Allstate Foundation Purple Purse has educated the public about how financial abuse traps victims in violent relationships. It has also propelled more than 800,000 victims on the path to safety and security, and invested more than $50 million to empower women to break free from abuse through life-changing financial education, job training and readiness and small business programs.
If you or someone you know is in a domestic violence situation, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
At Wellspring, our mission is to support survivors and engage our community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, our crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients—providing safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence, as well as comprehensive support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. While helping victims in need is a major focus of the Agency’s mission, we know that by increasing awareness we can end intimate partner violence. Wellspring staff provides prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for parents, faith based congregations, and professional organizations.
About The Allstate Foundation:
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
Looking back at 2017, it’s impossible not to notice how issues of gender inequality, harassment and sexual violence were in the forefront of our consciousness throughout the year…culminating in mid-October with a viral #MeToo twitterstorm that was a rallying cry against gender based violence. #MeToo didn’t emerge from a vacuum… for several years there’s been a steady increase in our society’s awareness and concern about sexual violence. The accounts of sexual assault, harassment, groping, and discrimination have garnered headlines. The names and stories of respected men who are also perpetrators remain in our consciousness because we’ve given these issues more attention than ever before— Ray Rice, Bill Cosby, Brock Turner, Jameis Winston, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reilly, Brett Ratner, Louis C.K., US gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, Bryan Singer, Kevin Spacey. Concepts like “locker room talk”, consent, intimidation, power and privilege have migrated from HR offices to boardrooms, to locker rooms to water coolers and to the family dinner table…and the magnitude of this problem is shameful.
The Roman god Janus was the god of doorways, transitions, and new beginnings. It’s fitting that the our first month was named in his honor, because we spend those first days of the new year contemplating where we’ve been, where we’d like to be and sometimes making resolutions to help us achieve those goals.
Looking back at 2016, I’m struck by how much the issues of sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault have dominated coverage of news, sports, Hollywood, politics, even the tech world. These conversations aren’t totally new; 2014 seems so long ago when Ray Rice’s infamous act of domestic violence was captured on video, doesn’t it? Yet, the cadence and depth of covering these stories seemed to increase significantly in 2017, culminating with the #MeToo campaign that went viral with thousands of women disclosing their own stories of sexual harassment or sexual victimization. 2017 was a year of reducing the silence and stigma of sexual victimization, and recognizing the strength of survivors who are willing to tell these very personal and traumatic stories to help us understand the magnitude of the problem, so we can create change.
I’ve got a lot of numbers in my head today.
26 It’s been 26 days since the launch of the Purple Purse Challenge.
3 We’re currently in third place in the nation.
3.5 We’ve got 3.5 days left in the Challenge.
70,000 We’re about to reach $70,000 in funds donated to Wellspring by our community since October 2nd.
Infinite. How grateful I feel by the overwhelming support of our community.. and inspired that by working together we truly can end relationship and sexual abuse. From local businesses (an extra big thanks to the members of the Saratoga Springs DBA), to the community leaders who gave voice to why our work is so important, to faith organizations , and individual people who gave so generously from their hearts.
What I’ve really enjoyed throughout this month is hearing all the reasons people care: children, women, safety, financial stability, hope, empowerment. Yesterday the folks at the Saratoga Casino and Hotel were sitting around the table talking about Wellspring’s Purple Purse Challenge and they pulled out their phone, made a video and sent it to me. Click here to see what they had to say.
I don’t think there’s been anyone more excited about the Challenge than Jesse Jackson at Look TV. He’s had me as a guest on the show so many times this month that he’s seen my entire purple wardrobe… and has a new moniker for me. Click here to find out what Jesse has named me now and hear what we talked about today.
So Jesse is reminding folks to support the Challenge by making their gift online before 1:59 October 31st at wellspringcares.org/purse
Thanks Jesse… and thanks to all of you! Together e we can reach all our goals.