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    The Upstander Project was a project were we choose a topic we wanted to talk about and try to create a change for. My project was about domestic violence which is a topic I am passionate about and is something

    Upstander Reflection

    The Upstander Project was a project were we choose a topic we wanted to talk about and try to create a change for. My project was about domestic violence which is a topic I am passionate about and is...

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    April 22, 2019

    Kayla J, Juan M, & America D

    What’s Your Opinion on Domestic Violence?

    Dear Victims and Survivors,

    We chose to write to the you because on a average, nearly 20 people per minute a

    Say No To Domestic Violence.

    April 22, 2019 Kayla J, Juan M, & America D What’s Your Opinion on Domestic Violence? Dear Victims and Survivors, We chose to write to the you because on a average, nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by...

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    • Dear Kayla, Juan and America,
      I am optimistic about your post “Say No to Domestic Violence” because you guys really gave a clear explanation of what Domestic Violence is. A sentence that stood out to me was “Domestic violence- also known as domestic abuse, intimate partner violence or abuse may start when one partner feels the need to control and dominate the other”. This stood out to me because you guys are really providing a concrete example of where Domestic Violence begins to become evident in partners. Also, another sentence that stood out to me was “Dating abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional also includes stalking in a relationship”. This stood out to me because I never knew all these categories led to an area in domestic violence. Your post reminded me of one of my past relationships at the moment I never looked at it as toxic relationship but reading through your research really explains it. Your post I feel can go and support many people and shed the light on a dark topic. Thank you for sharing and trying to make a positive change where change is necessary.

    • Dear Kayla, Juan, & America,

      You’re post broaden my knowledge on domestic violence, when I thought about domestic violence the first image that would come into mind would be physical and verbal abuse. I learned from your post that, “ Dating abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional, and includes stalking.” I was surprised when I read this because I didn’t consider stalking online as a form of dating abuse, but reading more about it I can see as to why it would be considered as a form of dating abuse. Another sentence that stood out to me was the amount of people that are victims of physical violence in the United States alone, it is surprising how many people go through an abusive relationship. Your post made me realize that the topic of domestic violence should be talked about more, and it makes me happy that at your age you are thinking of different ideas to spread information on domestic violence, and the support that the domestic violence victims are given. Thank you for sharing this useful information and for wanting go make a change for the community.

    • Dear Kayla, Juan and America,
      I am moved by your letter, “Say No to Domestic Violence,” because it is a topic that is not really talked about with youth. Knowing that there are young people that care about this issue makes me hopeful that future generations can have the power to end this issue. Learning about this topic at an early age can help prevent domestic violence in the future. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by intimate partner in the United States” I think this is horrifying because that means that violence is just so prevalent that it is really scary. For you all to understand that this is a great issue is a great step to start educating those around you about it. Also the sentence that I agreed with was: “If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.” This stood out for me because environment can have a great impact on our development and it can also be a factor on how we will act as adults. One reason I say this is because living in a violent environment can lead to what you mentioned, thinking that this is how problems are solved. Another reason I agree with you is because this behavior is very present in all types of relationships and families, unfortunately violence does not discriminate gender, sex orientation, or race. This is a type of behavior that is observed by little ones and older children as well and it is something that can be normalized in their environment, which can lead to more violence. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is inspiring to see that the youth of today are becoming informed and motivated to spread awareness of an issue. I would love to see your thoughts on the me too movement and gun control, since they are both about very present violent topics. I hope you all stay motivated to make a difference in this world!

    • Kayla J, Juan M, & America D, I was so moved by your piece on Ending Domestic Violence. Its an issue that I think we all know is very difficult to erraticate. However, I know there are steps we can take to prevent or end it. I think you should include some of these in your writing. You’ve addressed the issue very well with lots of information, but I’m sure the victims of domestic violence would also like to hear some possible solutions. One of my ideas would be to set up an anonymous hotline of some sort where victims can speak to a professional in private. People are usually held up in domestically violent relationships because they feel like they aren’t good enough or they feel trapped. This concept would be similar to a suicide prevention hotline. It would be great to include a couple ideas in your writing! I love the concept and I can’t emphasize how important I think it is. Can’t wait to hear more.

    • Hi Kayla, Juan, and America,
      Thank you for bringing focus to this topic of domestic violence, as it needs to be recognized as a real issue today. It is scary how normalized abuse is in today’s culture. By bringing awareness to different organizations that can help and educating people on spotting read flags, we are starting the conversation that needs to be had out in the open rather than behind closed doors.
      Multiple times in your references, you mentioned a doctor or an organization as credible resourced for your readers. I would research the background for credentials and verification in order assure your readers the information you have is accurate. Your efforts to start these conversations in school is really admirable.
      – Oakley

    • Dear Kayla, Juan and America>,

      I am intrigued by your post because I too have a blog on this topic. https://domesticviolenceactivism.wordpress.com/

      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “ If they see that there one of their parents is hitting the other parent the child will grow up believing that hitting their partner is okay to do and they will do it to their spouse in the future.” I think this is intelligent because it shows the effect of abuse on a child. When children grow up society effects how they view the world and if the world they view involves abuse then they are more likely to become abusers.

      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you are clearly very educated on the topic. You have done your research. There can never be enough recognition for domestic abuse. Keep up the great work!

    • Dear Kayla J, Juan M, & America,

      I really enjoyed reading your post regarding the topic of domestic violence. Your post is very detailed and organized. I do agree that domestic violence is an issue that needs awareness, in our society. In addition, it is important for victims to have a voice in our society, to receive the support that they need. A sentence that caught my attention from reading your post is “when attention is brought on the issue, the silence that victims face will be broken because that’s when they will feel safe enough to speak up”. This quote stood out to me because when this issue receives attention, the victims will feel comfortable to speak up for themselves and it will become easier for them to express their emotions and feelings. I also think it’s important for schools to educate children and teenagers about domestic violence, so they can become aware of the issue and to learn about preventing it from happening.

      Check out my blog on child marriage: http://childmarriage.family.blog. Within child marriages, domestic abuse is very prevalent. Child marriage puts not only the brides at risk of violence, but also their daughters or sons. They often face abuse throughout their lives, and child brides are most likely to believe that a man is justified in beating his wife.

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    Dear Yan, I want to thank you for the positive feedback. I agree with what you said “I think that when people look to the issue of gentrification positively, they tend to focus on “oh look all the increased rent made the neighborhood nicer” and not “the people who made that community unique cannot afford to live there anymore.” but I want to know…Read More

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    Thanks for reading my blog and for the feedback next time ill make sure to use a picture.

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    Thank you for reading my blog and I agree with you about that soon only wealthy people will be able to live here and I think that is not fair.

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