Happy Fall, Y’all!
One of the many things I love about living in the Deep South are the sayings, like the greeting above. When one of my newborn twins is crying her head off we like to say “She’s mad as a hornet.” If someone finally finds something that was right under his nose we like to say “If it was a snake, it woulda bit ya.” Or describing how far something is “As the crow flies.” One of my favorite Southern sayings would have to be someone describing another person’s accent as “Country as a turnip green.” However, there is a saying out there that I absolutely cannot stand. A saying that makes me cringe every time I hear it: “It’s none of my business.” Why? Because it usually supersedes a story of domestic violence and how one person decided not to help.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “My sister/co-worker/friend was slapped/pushed/punched by her boyfriend/fiancé/husband but it’s none of my business. So I didn’t do anything.”
Then there’s “I don’t want to get involved because it’s none of my business.”
Or “I knew it was happening but he never talked about it to me so I knew it was none of my business.”
This begs the question: Why do we, as a society, feel as though the act of helping someone escape a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation is off-limits? Why do we feel that we are imposing or intruding when we clearly know that intervention is, in fact, necessary? Why do we feel that we need permission to reach out to let someone know that we know there is a problem, we are here for you, and we want to help you? We have been falsely taught that what happens between two people in a domestic relationship is only between those two people and in cases of domestic violence that is absolutely not the case.
SafeHomes, Inc. is dedicated to turning victims of domestic violence into survivors but also changing the perception of domestic violence. Domestic violence will only end when we take a stand together. Safehomes works hard to educate the community about the warning signs of domestic abuse, how to help if someone you know is in danger, and the effects on the community when domestic violence occurs. Jingle Jam 10K benefits SafeHomes by raising money to fund domestic violence intervention programs and awareness education.
Please join our race to end domestic violence and remember IT IS YOUR BUSINESS!
On behalf of the Jingle Jam 10K Board of Directors, we can’t wait to see our Jingle Jammers in December! Let’s get ready to JINGLE ALL THE WAY!
Goldei, Race Director
Beth, Volunteers Director
Hilary, Asst. Volunteers Director
Melissa, Marketing Director
Chris, Technical Director
Nassab, Creative Director
Kelly, Sponsorships Director