One in Three

06-17-2013 7:28 AM

There is nothing like the bond between sisters. We laugh together, cry together and occasionally disagree. If you have a sister you know what I’m talking about. Over the weekend my two sisters and I ended up watching a special on “Women in the World” together. It was a great show to watch with my 28 year-old and 11 year-old sisters on our girl’s night.

During this special there was a focus on the issue of domestic violence and its evolution from the 70s until now. As we watched my sisters and I had a hard time picturing a world where reported instances of domestic violence were not taken seriously, especially when today there are public figures, companies and government legislation that publicly take a stand to prevent domestic violence.

We were surprised that one in three women will experience physical or emotional abuse in their lifetime. I never thought my family could become part of a statistic, but there we were. Three young women, sisters, who could possibly one day experience domestic violence.

This show made me think about the great work Mary Kay does to prevent and end domestic violence, especially the latest results from the Mary Kay Truth About Abuse survey. Polling more than 800 domestic violence shelters nationwide, this survey revealed that most women seeking assistance from abuse are between the ages 18-32—an age range my older sister and I fall into. It’s frightening to know that the cycle of abuse is on the rise while those seeking help from abuse are getting younger.

The good news is there’s hope. There are programs committed to preventing and ending this epidemic. Mary Kay has partnered with Love is Respect for the nation’s first text for help program geared towards providing information on healthy dating relationships. Let’s share this information with as many people as we can to keep another sister, mother or daughter from becoming “one in three.”

VirginiaToday's blog post is from Virginia Hock. Virginia  is a coordinator in Mary Kay's Corporate Communications department. You can follow Virginia on Twitter @vhock.

 

 

 

Pictured below: Virginia with her sisters and brothers.