The Path is Varied

Diane Dillon
Posted April 16, 2015 from Canada

I founded Standing Tall a Social Justice Organization in 2009. We address a number of issues that face everyone and mostly women. Our Profile was accepted to the UN civil society.We partner with other groups and also are international .

with the issues of violence I held meeting with local groups and agencies on how to address this, we also help a public event to inform people and inlist help.

we go to court proceedeing and help the victims of violence, by taking their statement and getting them the help they need and referrals. we go with victms to police stations to help them with the difficulties thay face there. we provide a lot of advocacy work and all our work is pro bono.

I make presentations to local government to effect change. we do work in Canada USA and invite others to join our mission statement.

we are tyring to get local agencies, law enforcement, government and others to have local meeting to help people learn preventative measures and strategies.

The Path to Participation Initiative from World Pulse and No Ceilings

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coolasas
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015

Hello Diane,

Congratulations to your organization. You're doing a great service helping women access justice and increasing awareness on women's rights with all the partners you mentioned.

Can you tell us more about your organizations success stories? This could encourage more readers to share their stories and learn from each other.

Cheers, Coolasas

Diane Dillon
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015

Hello coolasas,

thank you for your comment. we ahv ehelped a number of people either win some of their case or all of it in doing the groundwork , there were 3 women that came for help over 6 months in 2013. Then we help by contact agencies to get them support systems.

presenty there are some teenage girls that need help this will be a new situation

coolasas
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

Thank you Diane for the work you do. 

I hope you have stories of your clients and their success with your organizations intervention and your caring attitude and share it here -- we can learn from it and use the information that maybe one day we will need.

Kudos, Coolasas 

Kristina M
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

Hello Diane,

Thank you for telling us about your organization.  Are you active mainly in certain parts of Canada and the US?  East Coast?  West Coast?  Or just where you are asked for help?

I wish you success in helping out those teenage girls.

Diane Dillon
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

we are active west coast and up to mountain zone but who ever contacts us we do what we can. there are no boundaries or borders for this it is open to everyone.

OMagdalena
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

Dear Diane,

Thank you for sharing your story. I am also very impressed by the work you do. I have read information from your personal profile and I am so happy that you continue your work with such a courage having in mind that you were harassed before…

Can I ask you how did your start your activities? What was the main reason, was there a particular story that happened?

All the best,

Magdalena

Diane Dillon
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

yes there were several stories that came at the same time. the first one had to do with mentally handicapped people and disabled. there was sever abuse going on in the home sthey were living in and financial crimes. There cries for help we responsded to by a group of us. the people running the homes were related to a local police officer so they were able to aovid prosecution and they are also very wealthy.

The next case is the case of debt bondage human trafficking and crimes also against seniors

Diane Dillon
Apr 28, 2015
Apr 28, 2015

if anyone wants to contact me by email let me know also you can read evidence that way.

Diane Dillon
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Their stories, Linda a developmentally challenged woman in her 50s was living in the houses run by a police officers sisiter and family. she was screamed at for wanting a glass of milk. she was threatened routinely and the abuse was a constant.she could not read or worte eyt to avoid prosecution the woman running these houses typed a letter and had linda squiggle her signiture linda could try to song her name. the staff wold put them under hosue arresst and confine these people even thought legally they cant do that. One man who is disabled was testifying against these people and they blackmailed him and withheld his money to ,live on for a year and he lost 60 pounds. there are so many stories if people want to help they can write letters of support and state clealry that this needs to stop and these people need to be prosecutied for the cirmes they have committed against the most vulnerable.

The case is the Dawn Davies health care cases if you are interested let me know

I will give you guildines for the letters and an address to mail them to

Louise Paré
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Dianne,  

Thank you for YOU and the powerful and important work you are doing.  I especially appreciate the detailed story you shared about Linda.  Having more specifics about one woman really brings your work home in a very personal way.  I live in Ashland, OR where a new program for reporting sexual assault as been created.  It has received national attention.  Here's a link to the information: http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=15331  

I also participate in the "Take Back The Night" event which includes a Survivor's Circle where those who survived sexual assault share their stories and are surrounded by a circle of other people who "witness" them.  At the end of their sharing a trained sexual assault advocate says these words "Thank you for sharing your story.  WE HONOR YOU."

I also appreciate how your story demonstrates the interconnections between different kinds of abuse.  Congratulations on your acceptance by the UN civil society.  I will share your stories with my students that together we can increase the empowerment of women in our global community.

Louise

Diane Dillon
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Louise contact me at ddenlighten@hotmail.com

Kika Katchunga
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Good news, you made a good job

good luck

Diane Dillon
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Hello Sylvie

Thank You where do you live what work do you do now or are you a student

Diane Dillon
Apr 29, 2015
Apr 29, 2015

Hi louise

Please contact me by email I have soemhting to send you I facilitated a take back the park to address the issues of violence it was civered byTV radio and news papers.

I did this in 1993

ddenlighten@hotmail.com

Tina van Leuven
May 01, 2015
May 01, 2015

Dear Diane, What a blessing you are to the lives of the women and teenagers you support with your organization! I'd be curious to read about what inspired you to start 'Standing Tall' and how the name came about... and as others have asked in previous comments already, sharing some of these womens' stories - like Linda's - in your article would be really powerful. Where are these women from and how did they find themselves in these horrific circumstances? This may help to shed light on how common this is and yet kept hidden because of being a taboo topic.  My hat off to you for bringing this into public awareness! joyful blessings, Tina 

Diane Dillon
May 01, 2015
May 01, 2015

Thank You for your comment.I have worked over the years with seniors, disabled and children among other jobs. I have observed courage and strenght and kindness from all kinds of people in many places. I observed the inner world of those I came in touch with. I had been walking in a city and was very tired, I had 2 suitcases to carry to meet a friend and it was another 12 blocks, this was 2009. I man I had asked for directions to my next destination saw that I had a heavy load to carry, I asked if there was a bus he said no, he was a small framed man and his job was to sweep streets and take care of the building he lived in, he was of humble means. He offered to carry and wlak with me to my next destination. I was so grateful. This small framed person of humble means offered this for me this is one way people can and do stand tall. This story has been played out over the years by many people woman , children and men, that is how standing tall came to be. Linda also did things she tried to stick up for herself even though she was being threatenend. she is developmentally challenged and people like Linda and disabled etc end up in group homes , in the one she ended up in severe abuse has been going on.

we must respect and preserve the dignity of all life

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