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This week has been inspiring to me, because I feel like more and more people are not just talking about women and abuse, but they are doing something about it.

I recently donated to the Young Mommy Life Charity for young mothers who have survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse and I encourage you to do the same. URL: http://youngmoms.chipin.com/yml-gives

Also, one of our own BMC Members, Gwendolyn, is currently trying to leave an abusive relationship and she needs your support. She is asking for donations in the form of shoes and clothes for her two young boys. If you can help please visit the forum discussion: http://blackmomsclub.ning.com/forum/topics/957102:Topic:66676

Also, make it about to watch the recently released movie 'Precious'.
Set in Harlem in 1987, it is the story of Claireece Precious Jones, a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want. Shes pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically. School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her. Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesnt know the meaning of alternative, but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for. In the literacy workshop taught by the patient yet firm Ms. Rain, Precious begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.

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