Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Melissa's Law - Please Sign This Petition!

"Stop the Violence" bracelets*

You all know how passionate I am about Domestic Violence, right? (While youre here please check out this post to see why) A few months ago I stumbled across a news story about Lori M, aka Lmbr Timber Onu of Emerald Coast Roller Derby. She was severely beaten as a result of Domestic Violence. Fortunately she survived, but as many of you know the sting of DV lasts a lifetime.

I am amazed by Loris strength and willingness to share with the world her story. She has a facebook page that is updated by Lori and friends. They keep us up to date on how she is doing and provide everyone with info that can help others struggling.

Today on the Lori Aid 2011 page they posted about "Melissa's Law, Mandatory Monitoring of People with Restraining Orders Against Them". You can read more about the bill here.

A law requiring anyone with a receives a PFA (Protection From Abuse or restraining order) would be monitored and violations would be reported to police as they are happening is amazing. Think about how many lives this could save! Unfortunately a piece of paper doesnt protect victims from their abusers. And sadly back in 1996 in Williamsport, PA a PFA meant next to nothing. My mom called and reported her abuser several times and the police brushed it off as a minor call. If there had been a Melissa's Law then.... who knows what could have happened. Maybe things would be different.

We need something like this. We need another way to protect those who need it. We need to sign the petition and we need to make this law a reality.

Sign The Petition Here

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

For the Ladies - No More Tampons!

This is not a post for the squeamish (although I dont necessarily plan on posting anything about blood and gore....) I just couldnt live with myself if I didnt share this with everyone....

I saw a post on a blog a few months ago from a gal in the UK. I cant for the life of me remember the blog name.... Anyway she was talking about this thing called a Mooncup. Basically it was a menstrual cup. You use it in place of tampons or pads. I was intrigued so I read on...

It costs between $20 and $25. There are 2 sizes (one if you are 30 or younger and havent had a child vaginally and another if you are over 30 and/or have had a child vaginally.). It is similar to other menstrual cups Divacup and Softcup.

I liked the fact that the Mooncup was made with medical grade products and you could reuse it cycle after cycle (Some women have said they can be used up to 10 years! Not sure Id recommend that long...). If I switched to this from the tampons I usually used I wouldnt be putting all kinds of chemicals in my body (literally - scented tampons... really?!?) AND with tampons being between $5 - $10 a box and 1 box per cycle I could save some serious $$$!

So, I ordered it from Amazon. I had nothing to lose (except $20).... I had to wait a few weeks to try it, but once I did, I was hooked. I was worried Id be able to feel it like tampons, but you cant! Its awkward at first and it takes a few tries to get used to, but this is the best thing ever! It doesnt leak and you can wear it up to 12 hours before emptying it!

I cant say enough good things about it. I highly recommend giving it a try.

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