There isn’t actually any scientific evidence linking domestic violence and cancer. I don’t believe the title statement, and I don’t think you should either.
Tonight the networks air Stand Up 2 Cancer and appeal to our generosity as a collective audience. This isn’t the first or only group to garner national attention for a national epidemic. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation is practically a household name.
These appeals for donations aren’t new and they are working. We understand far more about cancer because expensive people doing expensive work with expensive equipment have been afforded the opportunity to continue because it will make a difference. We (speaking from the U.S) are not inundated with Small Pox or Polio, after all.
If we keep standing up, keep striving, and keep spending there will continue to be advancement after advancement after advancement. Once upon a time cancer was the end, the final diagnosis. There are many now checked off that list, many becoming easier to detect and faster to treat.
Cancer is uncanny: your body, not your body. Domestic Violence is uncanny: your mind, not your mind.
I am not the first or only person to speak on the topic of abuse without the power of a national campaign to bullhorn our words out into the crowd. I don’t know that there is a domestic violence foundation that is a household name. But there could be.
It’s time to say No More. No more domestic violence.
The power and dynamics of domestic violence render a victim powerless. It isn’t about simply leaving. Many people don’t discuss it. I get that. People also didn’t talk about cancer or AIDS because of the shame. Advocates spoke for those suffering. Advocates can speak for those suffering from domestic violence too. Will you listen?
If we keep standing up, keep striving, and keep spending we can continue to educate and make advancement after advancement after advancement. Someday we too may say it was once upon a time when domestic violence was the end to an individual’s individuality.