Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:16 PM
In Our Own Words shows how pervasive domestic violence is today; it crosses age, race, economic and ethnic borders. Each face on this wall could be a mother, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, a niece, an aunt, a grandmother, step-daughter and step-mother. She could be your friend, your co-worker, a classmate, the woman behind the desk as well as the woman in front of the counter. Most incidents go unreported. Many women think that if they stay they can change their partner's behavior. They stay for their children. They stay for their parents. They stay because they are afraid to leave. My message: Lean in and listen to their voices.