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melanie blow

"Give child abuse survivors more support than child abusers"

Rochester, NY, USA
female, age 38
open relationship
Speaks: Sign Language (American), english
Joined Jun 20, 2010
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Hi friends, here's an update-

For the first time in years, I'm down to one job- the NY Projects Director for Stop Abuse Campaign, although I'm still on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse NY. It's amazing to work a job where my skills, talents, and experience is valuable. It's amazing to work a job where being an incest survivor is an asset to my employer, not something to keep hidden (child abuse survivors are NOT a protected class).

I couldn't be prouder of the work Stop Abuse Campaign is doing. We are likely to see a bill to protect battered mothers and their children introduced in two states this year, including NY. We've made some tangible progress on SOL reform in NY. And we're doing the most comprehensive CPS diversion/ abuse prevention program ever in Erie County NY.

The only issue is that we’re struggling badly for funding. Working two full-time jobs wasn’t sustainable. Living with so much uncertainty about when I’ll get paid next isn’t, either. At the moment I’m working for part-time work to provide some financial insulation, and try my hardest to get SAC’s funding situation to improve. And I’m betting optimistically, for the first time in my life.

If you want to help SAC succeed, a donation, of any size is appreciated, just clicking here .

Any way, thank you. All of you have helped me become a better, wiser, stronger advocate, or human. And for that I thank you.


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Joined Jun 20, 2010 Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic 
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Groups AIYANA'S GROUP ~ HER VOICE WILL BE HEARD, Care2 Feedback and Suggestions, Occupy@Care2, Stop Child Abuse, Murder, Exploitation and Neglect!, protect children not the molesters
Hometown Rochester, NY 
Birthday Oct 15, 1977  
Languages Sign Language (American), english  
About Me I'm a lab tech by day, a writer, advocate for children and caretaker for my pets and disabled significant other by night. I try very hard to align my writing with my advocacy for children. Unfortunately, it seems easier to sell books guiding people in how to abuse children than those that show the trials and tribulations that abuse survivors deal with as they grow. Especially if you have the audacity to make it creative.
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Pets 1 dog, cats, tarantulas, snakes  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Moderate
Religions spiritual  
Eating Habits LOTS OF TEA, Coffee - Now!, Aspiring healthy eater  
Wild Fact About Me I once got to meet Eddie Vedder and shake his hand!
My Philosophy The meaning of life is simple- take what you're given, make it better and give the improved version back to the world.
What Gives Me Hope There is so much goodness out there. So much beauty. The earth is so resilient. People are capable of so much healing. Life can be so absolutely good.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Fund evidence-based child abuse prevention programs enough that every at-risk family that wants help raising their child will have it. Then sit back and reap the financial benefits- these programs save $50/year the first year a family enrolls, and the savings only increase with time.
What/who changed my life and why Album- Counting Crows "August and Everything After" because that's when I decided I wanted to write (weird effect for an album to have on someone, but I'm weird).
Dr. David Olds for pioneering the field of Primary Prevention of Child Abuse
JD Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" for showing me, at a fairly young and mailable age, how delightful books can be.
What Bugs Me apathy  
Passions nature, music, children, books, writing, animals, advocacy  
Inspirations to fulfill my purpose on earth, nature, music, Kindness in the face of hate, animals  
What Scares Me Religious Extremism, ignorance, apathy  
Role Models Maya Angalou, alice walker, eddie vedder, tori amos  
Quotation "There has to be a change, I'm sure/ Today was just a day fading into another/ And that can't be what a life is for/ The only thing she said was she feels a lot better/ And that's all that really matters to me"- Counting Crows "Amy Hit the Atmosphere"
Interests Advocacy Work, writing fiction, Music - Listening, reading, My pets  
Books post secret, Anything by Augusten Burroughs, Possing the Secret of Joy, Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger  
Music Rancid, The Offspring, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Doors, Bruce Springstein, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, counting crows  
Movies Fight Club, Natural Born Killers  
TV Shows my TV may be unused for weeks at a time  
Favorite Foods chocolate, coffee, italian, sushi, steak, spaghetti, seafood  
Favorite Places Any place full of snakes, Where ever my snakes are, Wherever my dogs are, Any place hosting a concert, Any place full of birds  
Can't Live Without my animals, music, internet, computer, coffee, books, animals  
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