October, in case you didn’t know, is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month AND National Bullying Prevention Month. It is sad that these issues need months set aside to talk about them but I’m glad for whatever light can be shone. I personally think these are issues that we should talk about all the time…until they no longer exist. Truthfully, talk alone isn’t enough. Each of us needs to take action as well. I shouldn’t have to tell anyone that they shouldn’t hurt other people, right? Yet, look around.
It goes beyond that of course… not only should you not hurt people (yourself or others) or participate with those who do, you also shouldn’t be a silent bystander. If you cannot get personally involved…at the very least say something to those who can.
IF, you know someone who is being abused, speak up.
Remember, the smallest action on your part could make a life and death difference.
IF, you know someone who is an abuser, speak up.
One of the ways we can make a difference is by not accepting this behavior. We have to let the perpetrators know this is not ok. When friends and family turn a blind eye this makes both the abuser and the abused feel that what is happening is acceptable. Break the cycle. Educate yourself and please educate your children.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke