In wake of Rice case, national statistics, Tony Porter talks to Georgetown group about stemming tide of domestic violence

PAWLEYS ISLAND — For a man fighting to conquer the scourge of domestic violence, the timing for Tony Porter’s speech to Georgetown leaders couldn’t have been more perfect.

Porter, co-founder of the nonprofit A Call to Men: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women, spoke Monday to the G-MEN group, or the Georgetown Men Endorsing Nonviolence group, an initiative by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

A study released on Monday ranked South Carolina second in the nation for women murdered by men. Also Monday, the Baltimore Ravens terminated their contract with running back Ray Rice, as a video surfaced showing him knocking out his fiance in February. Continue reading

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Deb Cottle – Women with GUTS!

Deb Cottle is the producer of Women with GUTS and the creator of the 4Step GUTS FORMULA for Success Program.  Also a professional speaker and author, Deb is focused on improving lives through inspirational keynote speeches, seminars, coaching and products.

Deb’s proven and easy-to-follow 4Step GUTS FORMULA helps others to change their negative thinking, improve daily self-talk, acquire specific skills and knowledge, and accomplish goals more rapidly and strategically. Thousands of attendees have benefited from her interactive and inspiring programs. Continue reading

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NFL Toughens its Stance on Domestic Violence

(USA TODAY)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits he was wrong on the Ray Rice decision, and Goodell took an important step Thursday towards showing the league is serious about cracking down on domestic violence as well as sexual assault.

In a lengthy letter sent to every NFL owner on Thursday, Goodell announced enhanced policies and discipline under the personal conduct policy that will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense related to domestic violence or sexual assault and an indefinite ban for a second offense committed by any NFL personnel.

Goodell has drawn harsh criticism since the announcement last month that Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back, would be suspended just two games for striking his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino and being caught on camera dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator. Continue reading

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Six Steps to Safe Environments to Ask for Help

When the Human Resources director called to describe the female employee’s resistance to discussing the abusive husband who kept showing up at the workplace; making his presence in her life achingly obvious with emails, phone calls and vigils in the parking lot.

“She won’t talk with me.” said the director.  “She clams up.”  They asked me to meet with the woman on their behalf, thinking that a neutral outsider could encourage her to help.

So we sat down, the Human Resource Director, the employee and me.  And that’s where I got my big surprise.  The Director ordered the woman to meet with me.  The tone of her voice was angry, and insistent as she gave her a directive, “You will talk with Ms. Angelo until she says you can go!”  Ouch.  Quite frankly that answered all my questions as to why this woman was so reluctant to talk. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Mental Health

I am not a mental health expert but as a motivational speaker, I am constantly focusing my attention on matters of the heart and the head and where the heart’s function in our romantic lives may never be understood, the head needs some help.  Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental health still exists but as I can relate, we have come light years in our perception of persons with a disability and we need to do the same for this incredibly important subject.

Frankly, I have always felt that the power of our attitude is underestimated and that isn’t just me singing from my own hymnal.  In case you don’t know, I was born without arms in 1960 and pretty much written off by experts, even to where my birth family gave me up before I was a week old.  But as my story goes, I was taken in by Hilda and Jack Law who were part-time foster parents and would become the only Mom and Dad I would ever know. Continue reading

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