Introducing myself and my journal

Lydia Martin
Posted January 14, 2013 from United States

About Me:I was raised in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. Life was protective of me there. Then I grew up and moved away. I saw the world from a very different angle: a close friend gang-raped only blocks away from our college campus; widespread sexual harassment and assault in a workplace where women nearly outnumber men; a small child abused by his stepfather in front of silent neighbors.

It didn't matter if I was in the American Midwest or Southern France--the anger, injustice and pain were always the same. Even harder to believe is the fact this all occurred, and continues to occur, in the 21st century.

I know I'm starting small, but my hope is that one day--soon--we will eliminate this iniquity, intolerance, and criminality. Women and children who are victims will be treated with respect and understanding. They will learn to respect themselves too. Justice will be served to those who inflict hurt and oppression. Equality will come in all forms. And I will have helped to achieve it.

Thank you for letting me join you.

"One love, one blood, one life You got to do what you should One life with each other-- Sisters, brothers-- One life, but we're not the same We get to carry each other, Carry each other-- One." --U2

My Passions:Travel, Writing, Music

My Challenges:Patience, fulfillment

My Vision for the Future:1) To put an end to rape and violence 2) To establish gender equality 3) To empower women to empower themselves and to live without fear or regret

My Areas of Expertise:English, French, History

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Julie Collura
Jan 14, 2013
Jan 14, 2013

Welcome to World Pulse! I share your passion for ending gender violence. I think you'll find World Pulse a wonderful place to exchange ideas and make connections. If you need help, visit the Getting Started and FAQ sections of the site. Again, Welcome!

Lydia Martin
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013

Thanks, jacollura! I look forward to everything PulseWire has to offer. Thanks for the tips. Talk to you soon!

mrbeckbeck
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013

Hi there, and welcome! I'm thankful to have your support for the community as a translator. I'm looking forward to connecting soon and getting started! Let me know if you have any questions... Scott

Fatima Waziri - Azi
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!