RESPOND’s Founding Mothers recognized it in the 1970s and we know it’s still true today- domestic violence can happen to anyone

“We all have secrets… This is mine: I fell in love with and married a man who beat me regularly and nearly killed me…If only being blonde and well-educated were enough to defang life’s demons.”

 

A successful writer and editor for Seventeen magazine, Leslie was Harvard-educated and from a good family. She also was in a physically, mentally and emotionally abusive relationship. She stayed with her abuser for years. In fact, the bruises around her neck cleared up in time for her wedding. She kept the abuse a secret from wedding guests––close family and friends––for years. 

You can help bring these secrets to light.
Your year-end donation to RESPOND helps support survivors as they reshape their lives and helps educate and alert the community. Your donation provides shelter for survivors and their families- a life saving resource! We’re able to help them secure housing and navigate the court system- two critical issues survivors tackle after leaving their abusers. Thanks to your support, we share warning signs and resources with more than 5,000 people each year; education and prevention are key to ending domestic violence.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s important we continue to work together- RESPOND, police, care givers, donors, neighbors, teachers, volunteers, YOU. Our alliance is a critical weapon to combat domestic violence. Together we can bring abuse to light and end domestic violence.
Please make a donation to RESPOND today. Help put an end to the dark secret so many of our family and friends risk their lives to keep. 

https://www.respondinc.org/donate/

With deep gratitude, 

  

Jessica Brayden

Executive Director

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