Goodbye, Selena!

 

Selena L. Chaivaranon is honored to have worked as a Programs and Communications intern at Becky’s Fund for the fall semester of 2017.

There are occasions upon which one finds themselves struggling to the surface, to breathe, to walk, to see the beauty of the world in decadent detail. We’ve reached a point of darkness–we’ve all navigated past these points in our dreams, in our waking memories, through the stories that we tell. Searching for meaning, for the reasons, the will to live. The visions are here, slipping through our fingers, shifting in our veins, and we reach–each holding out our hands: empty, or clasped, or chained, or joined together with the warmth and glow of many others in our midst.

Dare to dream. Dare to change. Dare to rise.

We’ve done just that. Throughout the course of this internship, I have been most privileged to have been able to produce artwork and graphic design materials for Becky’s Fund, including the backdrop for the 2017 Walk This Way fashion show, and brochures, signs, magazine advertisements, and social media posts. In addition to assisting with creating and managing promotional materials such as check-in sheets, documentation spread sheets, and updating the organization’s WordPress websites, I encountered various opportunities in which I could hone my existing skills, learn to use new programs, and innovate strategies and solutions in order to see my work all the way through to completion.

I was further able to offer my services researching various statistics related to domestic violence, and compiling data in order to directly aid clients (such as searching for ways to remove key loggers from phone and computer devices). As an artist and a scholar of sociology, it was an honor to put my time and labor to a cause which I truly believe will better humanity, and prevail in helping to create safer, healthier, meaningful, and more just relationships. These past few months were tremendously busy, but fulfilling, momentous, and productive for the organization, and for my own self-development as a person. It fills my heart with warmth and with happiness to have worked with such a wonderful team of dedicated and passionate individuals, and for the chance to push myself and balance a number of different tasks at once.

For sharing with me the most noble of goals, and allowing me to work together with a wonderful organization, dedicated to aiding those in need, the wonderful people who together make up Becky’s Fund have my eternal thanks.

And to all those who have lost sight of the light, to those who need a hand to hold, you never walk alone.

With much love, Selena.

 

 

Hello I am Tomas Kurtz and was a Becky’s Fund Program and Development Intern for the fall of 2017. It is hard for me to believe that my internship is coming to a close…time really does fly. First, I want to start and thank Becky Lee and the Becky’s Fund organization, partners and friends for making these past few months so memorable. Also, thank you to the 3 other fall interns – we made quite a good team if I do say so myself.

 

Before starting this internship I had general interest in nonprofit organizations and this interest has been further cemented from my time at Becky’s Fund. I really got to witness how much work and effort goes into running a nonprofit, but also how much good an organization can do for individuals who might be in tough situations. Becky’s Fund provides an incredible resource to the community and I am thankful for my time as an intern here.

 

From working with the Men of Code program to preparing for 2017 Walk This Way, and so much else in-between, I can definitely say it’s been a busy few months but that is a good thing. One of my favorite memories from this past fall is when we participated in a spinning fundraiser back in September – that was the longest 45 minutes of my life.

 

In all, it has been a wonderful past couple of months and I hope to stay connected with Becky’s Fund in the future. Thanks again to Becky for all that you do.

 

It is nice to meet you – my name is Brandon Harvey. I am highly enthused to be working as an intern with Becky’s Fund this winter. I have recently graduated from Towson University in 2016 with a degree in Art & Design. From my time spent at Towson until now, I have been in pursuit of finding an organization where I may utilize my skills to best provide a pronounced impact in some manner. My most important objective while here is to not only create for such a great purpose, but to effect and bear witness to those that I am ultimately creating for.

I believe assisting with Becky’s Fund will allow me to accomplish this objective in the most direct method possible. After my first introduction, I was excited to learn about the Men of Code program and head to Ballou Senior High School, delving right into the people and environment for which we would be supporting. Joining Becky’s Fund brings forth the chance to directly spark the influence I am looking to make personally within my own community.

I look forward to learning about the nonprofit sector and all it has to offer regarding different areas of social impact. I would like to be competent and aware of what is going on around me socially, so that I may be able to target and communicate these issues to a wider audience. I believe this opportunity in working with Becky’s Fund will allow me to better develop this competence in learning how to support and impact my community in a positive way.


My name is Sara Moretti and I am a student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I came to Washington DC in search of a new adventure, and little did I know, I found an internship that gave me a life-changing experience. From managing the social media accounts for Becky’s Fund, working on Men of Code and Becoming Your Own Heroine programs to participating in social events like 2017 Walk This Way, I have gained so many insights on how a non-profit organization runs. I was able to personally witness how Becky’s Fund positively impacts individuals that seek for help and the constant effort put into spreading awareness on domestic violence.

I find myself extremely thankful for the type of upbringing I have had. I was raised in Italy surrounded by a loving family that shaped me with the strength of valuing my own persona. Being able to learn about domestic violence opened a door into a world for me unknown. I have always been interested and passionate about women’s rights, but it never occurred to me that those rights could be violated directly from someone’s home. I consider my house a sacred space, a safe haven to come back to each night. I can only imagine how violated and lost I would feel if I was teared away from that right.

My time spent at Becky’s Fund is a memory that I will cherish with great affection. From her awesome team to Becky herself, this internship opportunity gave me the possibility to not just learn so much about domestic violence, but also about myself and the people around me. As a compassionate person, I find the need to advocate for human rights, especially for those that do not have a voice. There is so much work to do in order to break the cycle of intimate partner violence that shapes the upbringing of children growing up in that type of environment. These children are the world of our tomorrow and we are the ones to be hold accountable for the outcome of it.

The enormous effort that Becky’s Fund does in order to shine a light on domestic abuse and invest in preventative programs is something that I view with great respect. It was truly a blessing and an honor to have had the possibility to be part of an organization that is driven by passion, but most importantly, by the human heart. Thank you Becky for the work you do! You make the world a safer place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

9th Annual Becky’s Fund “Walk This Way” Charity Fashion Show Raises More than $200K
Tamron Hall, Ryan Zimmerman, Vernon Davis and more joined Becky’s Fund founder Becky Lee for an evening dedicated to ending domestic violence

Washington, D.C. (October 30, 2017) — On Friday night, domestic violence prevention nonprofit Becky’s Fund hosted its 9th annual “Walk This Way” charity fashion show at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. TV personality Tamron Hall served as emcee for the evening, which raised more than $200,000 towards the organization’s effort to end domestic abuse.

D.C.-based bespoke suit brand Brimble & Clark outfitted the region’s top pro athletes, including Redskins stars Vernon Davis and Chris Carter, D.C. United’s Steven Birnbaum, Kofi Opare and Sean Franklin, international goalie Bill Hamid, Washington Mystics player Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and former NFL stars Gary Clark and John Booty, among others. Female models, including WPGC’s Sunni and the City, Washington Spirits player Estelle Johnson and sports commentator Christy Winters-Scott dazzled in dresses by DiDomenico.

Walk This Way benefits the Becky’s Fund’s “Men of Code” program, an initiative devoted to engaging and educating coaches and young male athletes about becoming leaders and allies in the movement to end domestic violence.

With the heightened visibility of the #METOO campaign which has prompted women to come forward with their stories of assault and abuse, Becky’s Fund is doubling its efforts to teach young men and boys that no means no. Men of Code members from D.C.’s Ballou Senior High School varsity football team shared impactful and personal stories during the Walk This Way event and the funds raised during the evening will help bring the program to three new local schools in 2018.

With the help of event chair Mark Ellington and top sponsors Pruitt Foundation, JSON ARTS, Verizon, Dr. A. Brion Gardner, Alivia Franzone, Break Thru Beverage, Peroni, Samba Sol and more, guests were provided with exquisite masquerade masks to wear as an homage to the event’s theme and message: taking off the “mask” of domestic abuse everywhere.

 

ABOUT BECKY’S FUND:

Becky’s Fund is a nonprofit organization committed to the prevention of domestic violence by creating awareness, encouraging advocacy among peers, promoting activism through outreach programs and providing support for victims. www.BeckysFund.org.

PRESS CONTACT:

For all media inquiries, including interview requests, high-resolution images and additional information, please contact Maha Hakki of MoKi Media at maha.hakki@mokimedia.com or 703.973.7075

PHOTOS:

Attached please find photos of the 9th annual Becky’s Fund Walk This Way charity fashion show for your editorial consideration. Photo credit is listed beneath each image.

 

Washington Redskins Tight End Vernon Davis at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way fashion show. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

Becky’s Fund founder Becky Lee with Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and wife Heather Downen at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way fashion show. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

Ballou Senior High School varsity football players and Becky’s Fund founder Becky Lee at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way charity fashion show. Photo credit: Reggie Bell.

 


American journalist and celebrity emcee Tamron Hall and Brimble & Clark’s Sim Khan at Becky’s Fund Walk This Way Charity Fashion Show. Photo credit: Reggie Bell.

 


Washington Mystics’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt strikes a pose on the runway during Walk This Way Charity Fashion Show. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

WPGC 95.5’s Sunni and the City hits the runway at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way fashion show. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Carter takes a stand against domestic violence at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way charity fashion. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

DC United stars Sean Franklin and Steven Birnbaum with international goalie Bill Hamid at the 2017 Becky’s Fund Walk This Way fashion show. Photo credit: Fasil Haile.

 

 

October 11 is National Mental Health Awareness day, which happens to fall during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Due to this fact, it is important for us to understand the double stigma that affects women and men of all races, ages, genders and sexual orientation. Domestic violence, also called intimate partner violence (IPV), doesn’t always involve sexual or physical abuse as there are many different forms of it such as psychological/emotional abuse and economic abuse. All these situations can include unwanted attention like stalking or harassment (CDC). Domestic violence is a major cause of mental illness in the United States and across the world (Campbell et al.,2006). In domestic violence cases, psychological effects such as depression and PTSD are influenced by severity, duration and type of abuse.

An adverse effect of domestic violence is the increase in the occurrence of clinical depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD (Anderson et al., 2003). In an article written about the co-occurrence of intimate partner violence + mental health diagnosis, it is shown that compared to women who have not experienced domestic violence, survivors have nearly doubled the risk for developing depressive symptoms. Survivors are three times more likely to develop major depressive disorder, while mothers who experience domestic violence are nearly twice as likely to develop postpartum depression (Beydoun et al., 2012;Cerulli et al., 2011). One study suggests that experiencing multiple forms of abuse can increase the odds for PTSD, depression and suicidality by 6-17 times (Houry et al., 2006).

Statistics from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey of 2010 show that 80% of women who experience rape, stalking or physical violence by an intimate partner had reported short-or-long term effects including PTSD. Women who have experienced domestic violence are three times as likely to meet the criteria for PTSD as those who had no kind of experience with domestic violence (Bonomi et al., 2009).In addition to PTSD and depression, evidence suggests that experiencing domestic violence increases the likelihood of developing other mental health conditions such as suicidal tendencies, eating disorders, anxiety/mood disorders, and substance abuse (Bundock et al., 2013;Ellsberg et al., 2008; Scheffer & Renck, 2008).

Not only does domestic violence affect the two partners directly involved, it affects the children who witness the abuse and fighting.  Children tend to have poorer health when exposed to domestic violence which is linked to telomere shortening in their brains. Telomeres are at the tip of the chromosomes that hold DNA in their strands and are crucial in affecting how people age and get cancer. Domestic violence can increase the risk of mental health disorders in children that affect them well into adulthood. Issues with substance abuse, depression, anxiety and suicide are found also as a result of minimal family support, lack of parental involvement and isolation (Drury et al., 2014).

The stigma attached to being a victim of domestic violence is often enough to prevent one from reporting or calling the police.When one ties in factors of self-doubt and feelings of guilt, shame and self-blame, victims are plagued with questions such as, “Will anyone believe me?” “Why is this happening to me?” Victims tend to identify with statements like, “It’s my fault, I was asking for it when I bothered him/her”, after months and/or years with their abuser. As a society, we are becoming more aware due to the increased vocality of those affected but it is important to start talking about domestic violence and mental health to completely remove the stigma behind both of these issues.

Works Cited

  1. Violence Prevention. (2017, August 22). Retrieved October 13, 2017, from CDC
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  3. Anderson DK, Saunders DG, Yoshihama M, Bybeem DI, Sullivan CM. (2003). Long-term trends in depression among women separated from abusive partners. Violence Against Women. 9:807–838.
  4. Beydoun, H.A., Beydoun, M.A., Kaufman, J.S., Lo, B, Zonderman, A.B. (2012). Intimate partner violence against adult women and its association with major depressive disorder, depressive symptoms and postpartum depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 75(6), 959-975.
  5. Cerulli, C., Talbot, N.L., Tang, W., Chaudron, L.H. (2011). Co-occurring intimate partner violence and mental health diagnoses in perinatal women. Journal of Women’s Health, 20(12), 1797- 1803.
  6. Houry, D., Kemball, R., Rhodes, K.V., Kaslow, N.J. (2006). Intimate partner violence and mental health symptoms in African American female ED patients. American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 24(4), 444-450.
  7. Bonomi, A.E., Anderson, M.L., Reid, R.J., Rivara, F.P., Carrell, D., Thompson, R.S. (2009). Medical and psychosocial diagnoses in women with a history of intimate partner violence. Archives of Internal Medicine, 169(18), 1692-1697
  8. Bundock, L., Howard, L.M., Trevillion, K., Malcolm, E., Feder, G., Oram, S. (2013). Prevalence & risk of experiences of intimate partner violence among people with eating disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(9), 1134-1142.
  9. Ellsberg, M., Jansen, H.A., Heise, L., Watts, C.H., Garcia-Moreno C; WHO Multi-country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women Study Team. (2008). Intimate partner violence and women’s physical and mental health in the WHO multi-country study on women’s health and domestic violence: An observational study. Lancet, 371(9619), 1165-1172.
  10. Scheffer Lindgren M, Renck B,J.(2008).’It is still so deep-seated, the fear’: psychological stress reactions as consequences of intimate partner violence. Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs Apr, 15(3),219-28.
  11. Drury,Stacy S, Emily Mabile, Zoë H. Brett, Kyle Esteves, Edward Jones, Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff, Katherine P. Theall.(2014)The Association of Telomere Length With Family Violence and Disruption, Pediatrics 134 (1) e128-e137.

Hello! My name is Rachab Abdie and I am excited to be working at Becky’s Fund as a new Student Intern.  I’m from Downtown Silver Spring, Maryland and I go to Villanova University just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in Liberal Arts and am going to start graduate school at the University of Maryland in the Spring Semester. Next June, I plan to start the application process for medical school.

I have always wanted to be a part of an organization that really helps the community. Becky’s Fund is a wonderful opportunity prior to my career as a physician because of the fact that many different kinds of patients come through the hospital doors. Knowing how to talk, respond and handle these types of situations takes a lot of experience and learning. I don’t want to be naïve and think that just because I don’t see it, it is not really happening or that it could never happen to me. I want to learn so I’m a better professional for myself and for my future patients. I am excited to gain knowledge on Domestic Violence and learn more about the ins and outs of a nonprofit organization.

Let the Picasso in you shine!

New at Nats Park for 2017, join us for an evening of Paint at The Park on Thursday, September 28th! Fans will be treated to a pre-game paint class led by Art by the Glazz in our Family Picnic area with views of Nationals Batting Practice. You’ll have the opportunity to paint an exclusive Nationals design and enjoy a drink from one of our nearby concession stands. No experience is required for this fun, one of kind experience.

$75 Ticket includes-

  • Paint party (canvas, paint, supplies)
  • LF/ RF Corner seat
  • $10 concession credit
  • Donation benefiting Becky’s Fund!

For more details or to purchase visit www.nationals.com/paint

For groups of 13 or more tickets or questions contact Jennifer McCarty; 202-640-7648 or jennifer.mccarty@nationals.com

Looking for something to do during the Art All Night Festival?
Becky’s Fund is excited to join Made in the District in presenting the Future of Sports art installation on Saturday, September 23rd (7:00pm-3:00am).
 
This soft opening will feature talk panels with athletes, pop-up shops, a line-up of DJs, meet & greets, drinks and food, and much more! Don’t head out too early. Seize the night and show us your moves at the After Party.
 
RSVP at https://www.thefutureofsports.co/
 
Even though the installation will not be open just yet, this will give you a small taste of what’s to come! 
 
Follow Future of Sports for lineup announcements and more details coming soon! #FutureOfSports