This Is Why I Marched

Many of you do not know this about me, but about seven years ago I was strangled nearly to death by the person I was dating at the time. The treatment I received by local police was as if I were a criminal and I was not provided with any resources to help cope with what happened to me. To this day, I still deal with the repercussions of that day.

According to nymag.com, 

“Team Trump’s overall budget plan is reportedly modeled on a blueprint from the right-wing Heritage Foundation, which calls the VAMA grants β€œa misuse of federal resources and a distraction from concerns that are truly the province of the federal government.”

This is why I marched. I want to help protect and educate those who may have the misfortune of going through similar things that I went through. 

For those telling me to “Get over it” because “he is our president”, please understand that even though seven years have passed I’m not 100% over what happened to me.

I would never wish that on any human being and in the unfortunate event that it happens to others, I believe law enforcement should be educated on how to handle those situations and resources should be provided to victims because I did not have either of those things while going through my situation.

Those are things I wish were available to me and I will do what I can to spread awareness. I encourage all of you to take action on the issues you feel are important to you and do so in a respectful and dignified manner. 

This is why I marched in the Women’s March in Harrisburg, PA. Even though the funding has not yet been taken away, I feel it is extremely important to voice why it shouldn’t be.

Nymag.com article:

http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/01/trumps-team-could-cut-violence-against-women-programs.html