From OPP to a Safespace! BFDC Paying it Forward

First let me thank all the members that participated in last month's Pay It Forward Project with W.O.M.E.N. (Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition). Because of you, we donated over 100 pairs of NEW and UNWORN underwear to W.O.M.E.N. towards their Operation Panty Power Campaign,  a project created by W.O.M.E.N. to empower women. Together, we are spreading the message that “there is power in your panties” and “just because I put them on doesn't mean you can take them off.”  HELLO! Each panty that was collected will have a label sewn onto them with the OPP logo and W.O.M.E.N.'s contact information. This is symbolic that women who have been raped, abused, etc have the power to take back what was taken from them and enables them to be empowered.

For more information about W.O.M.E.N., visit www.educatingwomen.org … BFDC IS DOWN WITH OPP!

Moving Toward a Safespace

“Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of
intimate partner violence.”

“Nearly one-third of college students report physically assaulting a
dating partner in the previous 12 months.”

“Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.”

“On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day.”

What do these statistics mean to you?

After reading that information and then answering the question myself, it was kind of hard understanding the world we live in. Women, (and men) are being abused everyday at home, school, and at work. So let's move toward a Safespace!

For the Month of April, BFDC will be taking the role of advocates for our next Pay It Forward Project. This month, the UM AND FIU chapters we will be partnering up with Safespace Foundation, Inc. in Miami, FL. Safespace is “a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that has been dedicated to providing safety and support to victims of domestic violence and their children. In addition to our community education and local and national outreach efforts, we also provide funding and support for services and programs in collaboration with the Advocates for Victims Program in Miami Dade County.” While the two Miami chapters partner with Safespace, the other chapters will do their part, passing out information from their local domestic violence shelters.

If you would like to participate, we ask that you take a little time out each week this month and pass out information about the local shelters in your city. This small gesture may change someone's life. Think about it.

PLEASE TAKE PICTURES!

For more information about Safespace Foundation, Inc., visit http://safespacefoundation.org/