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Carol Forsloff – Dr. Phil’s show scheduled for Monday, January 16, is said to include the story of Penny, a victim of violence, who will tell her story about how she was shot, raped, tortured, cut up and left for dead.  The man found guilty of these terrible acts was given six years for them and nearly paroled at four years, but a Facebook group launched a crusade to ensure the fellow was not set free.

“A Real Man Never Hits a Woman” is raising money for an awareness campaign and has thousands of members devoted to calling attention to the problems of domestic violence.  The money raised is to assist with the launching of a documentary called “Silent No More. “  About this project, the Cause Campaign says this:  ‘SILENT NO MORE TOUR’ films members stories of survival and hope along with experts in the field of psychology, social services, Law enforcement and State and Federal Congressmen. This project is a journey of tears, hope and laughter.  This will be shown in schools, women’s groups, women’s shelters, churches and a possible special for television. The documentary is based on empowerment of women in conjunction with the United Nations Dream Project. This then will be used as an educational tool for school age girls and women.
We are in a war and we will make all people aware of this.”

The problem of violence against women has been chronicled in many ways throughout the world.  But it still has not produced a society aware of the generational problems caused by violence and the risks to the greater culture when victims do not receive support and perpetrators found and brought to justice.

In 1979 Honolulu had a candlelight vigil for women who had been victimized.  As a counselor and daughter of a woman who had suffered physical and emotional abuse for years, I had some understanding of the problems of domestic abuse.  I wrote a song and performed it live at the vigil.  It was taped the following year and used as the introductory song on a show called “Too Many Lickins” produced at the University of Hawaii.  I had not performed it again until the weekend proceeding the commemoration of Martin Luther King’s birthday.  King struggled against violence in all its forms.  The following video was made on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in honor of King’s work, the victims of violence, and those devoted to helping victims and educating others.

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