Thursday, October 24, 2013
Speak Out! National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and my friends at BookSparks PR are speaking out to bring attention to this very real epidemic in our country.
One of BookSparks' authors, Joshua Safran, addresses a personal experience with domestic violence in his book, "Free Spirit: Growing Up On The Road and Off The Grid." He and his mother were literally help captive by a abusive man for several years before they finally escaped his grasp. His memories of this period of his life are powerful and heart-wrenching.
Note from Joshua: “The award-winning documentary Crime After Crime told the story of my seven-year struggle to free Deborah Peagler, a battered woman who was wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years. I was inspired to help her because of the years of abuse my mother and I endured at the hands of my stepfather when I was a boy.
My representation of Deborah grew into a deep friendship, and she gave me the courage to finally write about those experiences in my memoir, FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid.
My biggest hope is that by telling my story, others will be inspired to speak up, and we can work together to end the wall of silence and finally break the cycle of violence.”
In recognition of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month, I'm proud to speak out with BookSparks, book lovers and author Joshua Safran against domestic violence.
In honor of this worth cause, If you buy Joshua Safran’s book, FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid, let BookSparks PR know and they will match with a donation to a domestic violence awareness organization.
Today, October 24th only, if you buy the book for you, a friend, a holiday gift or all of the above, send us your receipt(s) and we’ll be donating up to 20% of book sales that day (based on emailed receipts) to the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women in support of BookSparks Speaks Out: Domestic Violence Awareness and victims everywhere. Buy on Indie Bound; Buy on Amazon; or Buy on Barnes & Noble.
Send a copy of your receipts to erin@SparkPointStudio.com.
Please check out this very worthy awareness day! I'm blessed to have a loving and kind husband and have never experience violence in my marriage, but I have friends who have, and it is a painful and heartbreaking journey they must travel. If you know someone who is in a violent situation, please encourage them to call the number below for help!