Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DVA Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a charity that gets a heck of a lot of coverage. I was in Walgreens yesterday and they now have a whole BCA section set up.

October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month and once again, we're urging everyone to "Go Purple for October" in support of Domestic Violence Awareness.

This is a personal issue in my family as my sister's first marriage was an abusive one. And growing up with an alcoholic mother resulted in abuse as well - something that as a kid, you really can't do anything about. The family knew about it too, but wouldn't step in.

Domestic Violence again hit home this weekend, when a family of six was found slaughtered in their Naples apartment, the father, and primary suspect in the case fled to Haiti. The victim's brother told the police that the marriage had "rocky" for ten years, and the suspect had been arrested for Domestic Violence four times over the last decade.

This didn't have to happen. But the cycle of abuse is so hard to break for most women.

Once again, Miss Diamond is serving as the Unofficial Spokes Cat for DVA. You can read her story and find out why HERE.

You can click on the tag above, or on the one on my sidebar to get more information on Domestic Violence, and how to stop it. As with Breast Cancer, early detection is the key. It's easier to stop the cycle before it starts, rather then break it after it's been going for a while.

You can also help by putting our DVA tag on your sidebar:

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Thanks for reading and remember: Love doesn't hit.

SSLisa heads into the hospital for surgery and the Grand Prix cookies will have to wait on her return. That wasn't totally unexpected - although she released three new packages today and they are all awesome!

However, I had made alternate plans and just needed to decide which I was going to use.

Nitro 1
The duct tape alpha is by Maria LaFrance.

I had picked up the "Punk You" package from Perfect Posers. I love her work, but it's so expensive. However, it's been on sale for 1/2 price this month, making it affordable for this project, so....

She's a bit more British than I'd like, but she's got a lot of attitude. Right?

Nitro 2
Ur...the White Grunge alpha is by Dreams Fulfilled.

Fall back option two was the Star posers by Schnegge's Tuben. I have Schnegge's new kit to tut and she uses these posers in it. I dunno...I wasn't all that hot for her in this environment.

Nitro 3
(Foiled again alpha by Dundas Designs)

Other options where the Grand Prix girls by Untamed Angel or one of Incognito's packages, but I think I'm going to stick with Charly's punk chicky here. I can almost see her at the street race.

I should point out that street racing is dangerous and illegal. And that I once had a car that looked like the one in these tags, except for the paint job. And the spoiler wasn't that big. And she could hit a buck fifty without breaking a sweat.

Just a bit of my wild and crazy mis-spent youth.

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