Oct 06 2014

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Breaking the Chains of Child Abuse

Bikers Against Child Abuse The Bikers Against Child Abuse are my heroes. It was an honor to have them at my Crawling Out book launch celebration last month. I’d like to share with you the great work these amazing individuals do for children… 

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) is a non-profit organization that provides aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. They are dedicated to the principle that the most basic right of childhood is to feel SAFE and PROTECTED.

BACA is a strong organization of dedicated individuals who are willing make necessary sacrifices to protect and secure a child’s most basic right to a happy childhood. BACA was founded by John Paul “Chief” Lilly, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most of his 20+ years of practice were spent in the treatment of abused children. He was keenly aware that the system was able to offer only so much to help children to heal. Chief knew the gaps that needed to be filled included 1. providing for the safety of the children and 2. providing funding for their therapy.

Even with the court involvement to protect children from further abuse, perpetrators continue to access and wound children. It is just not realistic to expect law enforcement officials to protect these children from perpetrators on a continual basis. Further, many children that are abused do not qualify for therapy benefits because their cases might not meet the basic requirements of the rules of evidence. While it might be clinically evident a child has been abused, that child might not qualify for benefits because he/she was too frightened to provide enough evidence for the case to be pursued. Chief noted that safe children are more capable of telling the truth because threats made by an abuser are offset by the presence of dedicated Bikers who have become part of the child’s world.

bikers3In addition to becoming a presence in the life of wounded children, BACA may also attend court proceedings and parole hearings. They offer help by escorting them to and from school or errands if necessary, and many other ways to insure that the children are free from fear and can return to their previous level of adaptive functioning.

One of the greatest and unique assets of BACA for the children is its’ biker family attitude. Bikers are a tightly knit group. The brotherhood and family values are a way of life – One for all and all for one – is their reality. The children have an uncanny sense for honesty and trust. The children can feel when they are being lied to or deceived. When a large group of bikers ride to a child’s home to support and honor that child, and the bikers tell that child that he/she does not need to be afraid anymore because the bikers are there and will be there under any circumstances, the children feel the security of a brotherhood. Children understand that child abusers are cowards that prey on the helpless. After children have been introduced into the BACA family they are not helpless or powerless anymore.

BACA was started to help just one wounded eight-year old child who was so frightened of his perpetrators that he would not leave his home.Chief, having had kind and loving experiences with bikers in his youth was moved to include this boy in his biker circle. Within weeks, this boy was seen all over town riding his bike and playing with other children. The idea to rally the biker community in defense and in support of children was actualized in 1995 when the first ride was held to visit wounded children and bring them into the biker family- that first ride had twenty seven bikes present. Shortly after forming the first chapter in Utah, other chapters were formed in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas, and the rest is part of the BACA history. What was started as an idea was actualized by the dedicated and heartfelt love of bikers all across the country.

First and foremost, BACA members are bikers who share a common love of the open road on two wheels and the brotherhood and sisterhood that can only be found in the biker community. Members come from all walks of life. BACA only discriminates against – child abusers. Everyone else meeting the basic requirements and has the time, the commitment, and the energy are welcome.To learn more visit their website at bacaworld.org

Casey Morley and Bikers Against Child Abuse join forces to combat domestic violence.

Casey Morley and Bikers Against Child Abuse join forces to combat domestic violence.

  Post by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

 

 

 

Sep 20 2014

Crawling Out Launch Celebration

My Crawling Out book launch celebration took place on September 16, 2014. So many special friends and business associates came out to support this  milestone.Check out this amazing video that Sweet Brittany Knowles made for me. You’ll see why It is a night I will never forget!   

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Post by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

Sep 18 2014

Journey from Abuse to Advocacy


Ten lives have been claimed by intimate partner violence in Connecticut in 2014 according to The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That statistic is too high for Casey Morley, a survivor who is speaking out to raise domestic violence awareness.

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Sept. 16, 2014 – Left to right, Suzan Bibisi, Development Director, Prudence Crandall Center, and Casey Morley speak about domestic violence during ‘Crawling Out’ book launch and signing.

Morley, a Southington resident, is the author of newly published ‘Crawling Out: One Woman’s Journey to an Empowered Life after Breaking a Cycle of Abuse No One Should Endure,’ a personal account of childhood abuse she experienced and her subsequent journey to overcome its effects. The book launch and first signing was held at North Ridge Golf Club in Southington September 16th.

Domestic violence isn’t a popular subject, hence the shock reaction when we learn about it after the fact. Similar to mental illness, where the majority of society doesn’t want to openly address these issues, domestic violence needs to be brought into the conversation more frequently than its namesake ‘awareness’ month of October. When individuals become familiar with how domestic violence manifests, the better prepared they are to protect themselves and those they love when warning signs occur.

Morley spent decades sorting out emotions associated with abuse. Shutting the pain down was an initial reaction that ultimately didn’t work, “If as a child bad things happen to you, the meaning of right and wrong becomes overwhelming confusing.” Early strategies gave way to confronting her pain as she grew into a young woman and behaviors in relationships mirrored negativity.

‘Crawling Out’ offers the reader an insider look at what happens when a victim grows up in a dysfunctional environment and attempts to live with the secret of abuse and its cousin, shame. Morley emphasizes that living in denial allows a bad experience to keep its victim in a state of pain. Denial can rob a person of mental health as well as of physical health. Part of Morley’s recovery was recognizing ailments such as anxiety, digestion issues and what was soon to be diagnosed as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Internalizing pain caused Morley’s body to literally cry out for help. Through seeking medical services Morley’s life began to turn around. 

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On left Nancy Hooper, Editor, and Casey Morley share their collaboration with audience.

Morley’s story is but one example of the testament to her strength. As a single mother to 21-year old son and business owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, Morley commits her time to helping others realize their best selves. These roles, that of a protective mother, hair stylist and whole body coach, contribute to a Morley ‘s healthier world view. It is her own catharsis that motivates Morley’s determination to raise awareness for domestic violence so that change in others can begin. Morley is her own best motivator as she campaigns for ending dysfunctional cycles with each conversation she encounters through her business and now through her authorship. ‘Crawling Out’ offers readers resources, but then contacting Morley is also welcome.

Morley actively fundraises in her salon and donates proceeds to Salons Against Domestic Abuse, a program sponsored by the Professional Beauty Association.

Morley is teaming up with Prudence Crandall Center, an organization that helps individuals achieve lives free of domestic violence by providing care, education, advocacy, and support throughout nine towns in Connecticut. Other like-minded organizations Morley aligns with are Bikers Against Child Abuse, and Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury.

Additionally, Morley is in the planning stages of organizing a ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’, (WAMIHS)  event in Southington to raise money for victims. Her steadfast determination will be the driving force behind getting the event on the town calendar, after an initial bumpy start. “It takes a lot of energy to get traction even with good ideas,” Morley said after realizing coordination to coincide WAMIHS with the upcoming Apple Festival required more time.

Being vocal about abuse is necessary to getting the topic into mainstream conversation before talk turns to regrets. It is to that effort Morley attributes the publication of ‘Crawling Out,’ and her continued efforts to be involved in publicizing abuse issues so healing can begin. To know more contact http://caseymorley.com/

Casey Morley and Bikers Against Child Abuse join forces to combat domestic violence.

Casey Morley and Bikers Against Child Abuse join forces to combat domestic violence.

Margaret Waage,

Margaret Waage,

 

Post by, Margaret Waage, freelance photographer and journalist. MargaretWaagePhotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 14 2014

Book Launch Celebration Sept. 16, 2014

Join Me for My Book Launch Celebration!Crawling_Out_Cover 

 

Tuesday September 16th

5:30 – 7:30

North Ridge Club

300 Welch Road

Southington, CT  

 

Looking forward to

seeing YOU there!

 

 

 

 

Photo: In case you missed the Southington Chamber newsletter, this is one of the events happening this month! 9 days and counting! I'm not keeping track or anything!

Post by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

Sep 01 2014

Addiction and Suicide Prevention

Like abuse, addiction and suicide can often be rather painful topics to discuss, especially with our children. Refusing to talk about difficult subjects is NOT the answer as awareness is the first crucial step toward change. Fortunately there is help.

A representative from EducatorLabs, contacted me recently and asked me to share important information and resources about suicide and addition prevention. EducatorLabs, is a new volunteer-based start-up that conducts free research for educators. In light of the recent loss of comedian and humanitarian Robin Williams, they started to research suicide and addiction prevention. The more research they did the more their concern grew as we learned about suicide contagion which is is described in a New York Times article that states:robin williams

Mental illness is not a communicable disease, but there’s a strong body of evidence that suicide is still contagious. Publicity surrounding a suicide has been repeatedly and definitively linked to a subsequent increase in suicide, especially among young people. Analysis suggests that at least 5 percent of youth suicides are influenced by contagion.

People who kill themselves are already vulnerable, but publicity around another suicide appears to make a difference as they are considering their options. The evidence suggests that suicide “outbreaks” and “clusters” are real phenomena; one death can set off others. There’s a particularly strong effect from celebrity suicides….

These findings inspired EducatorLabs, to create resource toolkits and curriculum on these topics. Some of the best research on addiction and suicide prevention included:

Drug Prevention 4 Teens  http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/multimedia-library/publications/prevention4teens.pdf

Addiction Prevention: 34 Essential Lesson Plans for Educators  http://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/addiction-prevention-lesson-plan-guide

Alternative Treatments for Addiction
http://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/addictions/alternative-treatments-for-addiction/

Teen Depression – A Guide for Parents http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_teen.htm

Mental Health Service Provider Search  http://www.zocdoc.com/therapist-counselors

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide  http://www.sptsusa.org/

Here is curriculum they created available on EducatorLabs
Integrated K-12 Drug Addiction Prevention Curriculum  http://educatorlabs.org/lesson-plans/addiction-prevention-lesson-plans/

More information will be posted on their site, be sure to check it out. It’s a successful day when we are able to share information on such important topics. You will find all of the above, as well as many other resources on my Resources Page. Please help us by passing it on – together we CAN make a difference!

For more information feel free to contact Rebecca Muller at EducatorLabs  
EducatorLabs.org  Cultivating. Connecting. Curating.
2054 Kildaire Farm Rd. #204 Cary, NC  27518

 

Casey MorleyPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

 

 

 

Aug 17 2014

Crawling Out – The Male Perspective

Crawling Out – The Male Perspective

When I started writing this book, I never thought I would make such an impact by sharing my story. I thought I might help other women, victims like myself, understand there’s help available, and that they too can find the courage and strength to crawl out from an abusive situation.

The recent feedback I’ve been getting from readers, women and MEN of all ages has been truly amazing! People from all walks of life have come forward to share the new awareness they have gained from reading my book. Nothing could make me happier!

Crawling_Out_CoverIt is my mission to help victims of domestic violence see things in a new light and to nudge my readers to a new awareness. By sharing my story I hope to give permission to many to unmask the secrecy. Give victims a glimmer of hope that they too have the strength and courage to begin their own journey of crawling out. It is my dream that together we will make a difference, take a hand and help another.

I’m happy to hear from readers that my goal is being achieved!

In a previous post, I shared what a few of my female readers have had to say. Now I’d like to share the surprising things a few MEN  have shared with me recently.  Because of the delicate nature of the subject matter, they have chosen to protect their privacy and remain anonymous …. 

 

“Casey, I got home about an hour after I saw you and got involved, in your book. I have to tell you I was so mad about what you went through that I cried for you. The first ten pages had me hooked. I have been abused by my middle brother and have seen counselors but in the first pages of your book, I have found freedom knowing it was not my fault. I’ve only told a few people this I can’t wait to read more …. My Mom loved you and now I know why. Your book so far is bringing me comfort and understanding. I can feel the pain you went through and may God Bless you and your son I can’t wait to get home from work and read myself to sleep. Your book is truly inspirational. Thanks I will keep you posted as I read more.” ~Anonymous Male Reader (8/7/14)

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“Casey, Thank you for your wonderful book, ‘Crawling Out’. I will use my new awareness to come to grips with my own domestic problems, guilt, and isolation, and become a better person. Your book will guide me toward the expert advice, the processes, documentation, needed. I will proceed one step at a time toward better health, peace within myself, and a better life for those that mean the most to me. Thank you Casey, for your dedication, hard work, and perseverance, to bring your book to completion. It will help nearly all of us who read and accept the truths you present. I wish you Great Success and Happiness in your life.” ~Anonymous Male Reader (7/30/14)

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“As you probably guessed, I am guilty of some of the things you wrote about. I came home drunk more times than I should have, and spent money that could have been better spent on my family. I am realizing more of what you are about. You are an Angel sent here to try to help all of us. You will get your well deserved rewards. It is painful to read of your early life. I’m In Shock. How did you get through it all? The Book : On page 240 now in ‘Crawling Out’ stage. Overall Opinion: Book is priceless for anyone involved in any way, Besides your Spirit, I think your Baby inspired you to stay in ‘Survivor’ mode instead of your falling into desperation (booze, Pills, drugs) which surely would have killed you. You managed to survive until you could understand what was happening and find enlightened Help. Thank God you found Grace and Dr.Amy. Part 2 of your book is an excellent guide for identifying issues, symptoms, triggers, escapes, etc. There are so many programs and processes, it will take me time to research and understand, but your book will be my Guide. Casey, Thank You for sacrificing so much to devote years of your life to make us Aware of these issues and solutions.” ~Your Friend Dave

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“Casey, when you asked me to read this book as a favor to give a male perspective, I did not expect that I could apply any of it to myself, as I never considered myself a victim of abuse. What struck me most was how Crawling Out graphically illustrates the abusive nature of alcoholic relationships. Everyone around an alcoholic is affected, especially the children. This book gave me the gentle nudge I needed that you so often speaks about, to see things in a new light. Awareness is always the first step.” ~Don

Your feedback is very valuable to me. Please share with me your thoughts about my story in thce comments section below. Haven’t read it yet? Get your copy today at www.CrawlingOut.com 

 

 

Casey MorleyPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

 

Aug 10 2014

What Readers Are Saying About Crawling Out

Here’s what some people are saying about my book, Crawling Out, now available at CrawlingOut.com

Casey Morley

A Strong Woman’s Journey

Casey Morley’s gripping memoir is about an always hopeful woman’s growth into her own, after a grim past in which she felt more like property than a gift. Her writer’s voice is open and charming. I felt as if we were chatting over coffee in a cozy kitchen. There’s laughter through the tears, along with a spine of grit and gumption, yet you never forget what a lady Casey is. In some ways, the book isn’t what I expected, but yet it’s also more. Casey’s story shows how old mental programming has us repeating situations, even after we’ve uprooted and populated our lives with different faces. This book shows how, when we change our minds, we change our lives. ~Rhonda

Awe-inspiring ….. Definitely a Must-Read

Crawling Out is a woman’s courageous battle to fight against domestic violence and abuse, despite all the horrific and painstaking encounters throughout her lifetime. Casey’s outpouring love, as a mother is shown through her determination and perseverance to create a happy, healthy, stable and safe life for her son. Casey’s honest writing flowed as if I was sitting next to her having a one-to-one conversation. I was always engaged and intrigued to continue reading, even when saddened by the heart wrenching moments in her life. I admire her strength, endurance, and spirituality, which guided her through her journey of healing. Knowing Casey over the past few years, I would have never known the pain she endured. Her spiritual, outgoing and positive personality is inspirational and admirable. In support of her mission, I highly recommend reading and sharing this book with friends. Together we can make a difference. ~Bernadette

I Just LOVE a Story with a Happy Ending!

I related so well to Casey’s experience because I, too, have suffered the long-term devastating effects of loving and living with an alcoholic. This story brought me to a much deeper awareness. I realized I am not alone. I also learned that I am not as far along on my journey to recovery as I thought – but I’m not discouraged! I’m inspired now more than ever to continue that sometimes-very-painful path to healing. I have enormous respect and gratitude for Casey. I admire her courage, her compassion and her willingness to shed the secrecy and expose her story. I know she is going to inspire and educate the masses. She has already helped so many! Casey teaches us that no one has to walk alone …. and she makes us understand that it’s not easy, but it is POSSIBLE for anyone and everyone to begin their very own journey of crawling out from bad and painful situations. ~Karen

Because of the delicate nature of the subject matter, readers will remain anonymous to protect their privacy.

Your feedback is very important to me. Please feel free to share your feelings about my book in the comments section below!

 

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.” 

Aug 01 2014

The Train

A Beautiful Must Read

I just received this in an email from my brother Keith, I was so moved by this quick read I wanted to share this with you

The Train   

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train,  leaving us on this journey alone.  Trams-Lisbonne

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we  don’t realize they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos,goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train. -Author Unknown 

So please leave a comment below and tell me how you were moved by this post. What thoughts popped into your mind while you were reading this, and thinking about of your very own train ride to date.

Train photo courtesy of Alain GAVILLET

Casey MorleyPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”  

Jul 12 2014

Casey Morley Pens Personal Story of Abuse to Help Other Victims Heal (Press Release)

Casey Morley pens personal story of abuse to help other victims heal.

Southington, Conn. (PRWEB) July 11, 2014

Safe Horizon, the largest victim’s advocacy group in the United States, estimates that more than three million children witness domestic violence and abuse in their homes. Without help, the advocacy group states, girls in particular are more vulnerable to further abuse as teenagers and adults.Crawling_Out_Cover

Author Casey Morley has lived through this harrowing succession and come out on the other side. Her new book, “Crawling Out: One Woman’s Journey to an Empowered Life after Breaking a Cycle of Abuse No One Should Have to Endure” (published by Balboa Press), is her startling account of the domestic abuse she endured throughout her life and how she broke the cycle and put an end to it.

“Crawling Out” documents Morley’s life through abuse to her eventual breakthrough. Growing up, Morley experienced unending domestic violence, alcoholism and abuse within her family. Based on the messages received as a child, Morley continued to live in the cycle of abuse as an adult.

After enduring over 50 years of abuse, Morley finally broke the cycle. Her resilience, courage and determination helped her overcome the toughest obstacles, and she has made it her goal to pass on a message of hope to other victims of domestic violence and abuse.

“I am on a mission to help victims of domestic violence to see things in a new light,” Morley writes passionately. “I believe by sharing my story it will give them permission to unmask the secrecy, shed the shame and guilt that was never theirs to carry.”

“Crawling Out” 
By Casey Morley 
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781452514321 
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 328 pages | ISBN 9781452514307 
E-Book | 328 pages | ISBN 9781452514314 
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author 
Casey Morley blogs at http://www.caseymorley.com. She resides in Connecticut with her son. Her essay titled “Moving to My Next Square” was featured in the 2011 “Turning Points” anthology.

 

Jul 03 2014

My Book Has Arrived!

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”     

Jul 01 2014

Networking Can Be Fun

Networking Can Be Fun!

Last month I was invited to the first networking gathering by Shirley Bloethe at The Loop, in Plainville, Connecticut. My time there just flew by! I met interesting people from all walks of life, and conversations were flowing no matter what corner of the room I went to.

I met Margaret Waage, a freelance writer and photographer. How fun it was to listen to her talk about her  fascinating projects. In between our sharing, I of course had to mention my book, Crawling Out, (due to be 

Margaret Waage,

Margaret Waage

published soon). Before the evening was over Margaret asked if she could interview me and maybe take a few photos. I was thrilled to hear that her story will be printed in The Observer, our local Southington paper.

A few days later, Margaret was at my salon for one and a half hours, again the time just flew by. Our conversation went from smiles to tears and back to smiles again. We certainly had a roller coaster of emotions. It was so uplifting to hear her desire to help me with my mission of raising domestic violence awareness.She really liked when I shared my approach on the subject of domestic violence awareness …

If we ALL made it personal and just focused on our own family, friends, coworkers and neighbors – we could make a huge collective impact. [It is estimated that one out of 3 women and one out of 6 men suffer from abuse. And the vast majority of victims keep their pain a secret]. Whether we’re aware of it or not, people all around us, who we know and care about, are affected.

It starts with knowing the signs of abuse. If we ALL take just one of the action steps, that I so often speak about …. Research it, Talk About it, Teach Our Children, Donate your time and/or money to one of the many organizations that help victims and raise awareness of domestic violence. We as individuals CAN start a domino effect. Before we know it awareness will grow and the violent epidemic of abuse will start to subside. It is my dream that all victims will soon realize that help is available, that they don’t have to hide their pain, or carry the shame and guilt that isn’t theirs to carry.

Margaret Waage does beautiful work, check her out at www.margaretwaage.com and please be watching our local paper the Southington Observer for her article.

 

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”  

Jun 30 2014

Respect Yourself

Here’s a Treasure of mine ….

Gregg Braden's photo.

For other great quotes visit ….

www.TheBestStatus.com

 

 

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”

 

 

 

 

Jun 14 2014

The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport Connecticut

What is going on at the Center for Family Justice?

I met Deb Greenwood last month at the CCADV (Coalition Against Domestic Violence) Spring Reception last month held at the at Governor Dannel Malloy’s residence. Debra is the CEO/President of The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT which offers a variety of programs and services to address the ongoing issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. center for family justice

The center offers Advocacy and Crisis,Services Counseling, Hotline, Emergency Shelter, CaseManagement, Community Education, Court Advocacy, multi-disciplanary Investigations into child sexual assault, as well as a program for Preparing incarcerated women for life after prison. All services are free to Connecticut residents of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Stratford, Trumbull and Monroe.

Because of the generous contributions that resulted from amazing fund-raising efforts, the center now has 5 active groups working towards the transformation of the agency. They include …..

1.  Funding and sustainability Work Group
2.  Programs and Operational Work Group – collaborating with over 15 new non-profit partners to help victims of abuse all under one-roof
3.  PR/Marketing work group – new web design
4.  Law Enforcement Work Group
5.  Civil/Legal Work Group

There is also one major Steering Committee keeping the plan moving forward. They have a plan for a Fall 2015 grand opening which will unveil the major construction, parking lot and fencing improvements,improved security systems, reconfiguration of 5,000 new sq ft for our partners, law enforcement, offices, a Wellness Room for Yoga, meditation, etc.

In addition, the center is not only planning, but also keeping our ever-growing number of victims supported with what they need. Fundraising events include:

*May 3rd 2014 – Walk a Mile in her shoes – over 384 people that raised $20,000!
*June 6th – Bowling Against Bullying – Over 200 participants and raised over $30,000
*Ride Against Child Abuse – 178 riders (2nd year)
*Formulation of a new town Taskforce in Easton and the opening of our 4th suburban satellite office
*September 18th our 17th Annual Speaking of Women Luncheon ($175 per person) will have Linda Fairstein, author and speaker who started the first SVU unit and first female district attorney in New York  speaking at our signature luncheon at The Water View in Monroe.
*Focus on Prevention Education on college campuses at our public and private schools, to engage youth as Peer leadership….

That’s a short version of what the Center for Family Justice has been working on. Go here if you’d like to make a donation to the great organization. And to learn more about where your donations are going, visit www.centerforfamilyjustice.org. or contact Deb Greenwood, for more information at (203) 334-6154

The Center for Family Justice serves the Connecticut communities of:  Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.

 

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”  

 

Jun 11 2014

A Grand Evening with the Governor

And a Grand Evening It Was ….

Governor Malloy's Residence

Governor Malloy’s Residence

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence held a spring reception at Governor Malloy’s Residence on June 10th 2014. The reception was to raise funds to support the organization’s statewide work to strengthen Connecticut’s response to victims of domestic violence.

We arrived a little early to find at least 15 guest waiting at the locked gated entrance just as eager to get the evening started. Once security made sure we all were on the guest list we were allowed to enter the lovely grounds. And beautiful they were, picture perfect!

Upon entering the foyer we were greeted by Karen Jarmoc, Executor director, of CCADV with a big hug and a thank you for coming.  The gathering brought 125 guests out that night and included remarks from Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen.

Cocktails were served on the patio and warm hors d’erves were passed throughout the evening. I had a chance to catch up with Chief Gary MacNamara from Fairfield Police Department. We spent a few minutes reminiscing about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk that they held on May 3rd. He was excited to share 384 people came out for their amazing event -the spirit and energy that day was contagious. It is my hope to organize a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Southington, with Chief Gary’s help.

Debra Greenwood the President/CEO of The Center for Family Justice, Inc. was thrilled to share all the goings-on at the center. They have 5 active work groups working on transforming the agency, including major construction, parking lot/fencing, security systems, and wellness room for yoga. To check out all that is happening please visit www.centerforfamilyjustice.org

I was fortunate to meet 5 CEO’s of various CCADV safe havens for victims of domestic violence. I talked to them about my dream of having my book Crawling Out be a gift to every victim that enters their shelters so that they can be inspired by my story and begin their own journey of escaping a life of abuse. I look forward to working with these amazing people and their teams as we share the same goal of helping victims and raising domestic violence awareness.

 

Casey MorleyPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”   

 

Jun 01 2014

Abuse Awareness

 

Crawling_Out_CoverPost by: Casey Morley – “I have emerged from a life filled with abuse and chronicle my journey in  my book, Crawling Out, available at CrawlingOut.com. I hope by sharing my story I can help other victims of domestic violence realize that they too, can start their own journey of crawling out – and that they don’t have to walk alone. I am also the owner of Casey’s Image Consultants, and a Certified M’lis Wellness Consultant offering Lifestyle Change Programs for detoxifying the body. I am dedicated to helping people improve their appearance and overall health from the inside out.”   

 

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