Appearing on Real Housewives of Potomac on BRAVO Sunday, May 21, PAVE Ambassador Karen Huger bravely shatters the silence of sexual violence in her first televised interview about surviving sexual assault.
Karen has been working with PAVE for several years and spoke at our event Champagne for Change alongside Don Lemon from CNN, which will be shown in this episode.
Thank you, Karen, for inspiring others and letting millions of people know that there is no shame in being a survivor! See below for some images from the event thanks to Getty Images.
See the video CLICK HERE
PAVE empowers survivors of sexual assault to thrive after trauma and galvanizes communities to end sexual violence.
A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid
JANUARY 30, 2017 / ANDYSTUMPF212
In a country that most would struggle to find on a map, in a compound that few possess the courage to enter, men from my previous life took the fight to our enemy.
In that compound, they found men that pray five
times a day for your destruction. Those men don’t know me, they don’t know you, and they don’t know America. They don’t understand our compassion, our freedoms, and our tolerance. I know it may seem as if those things are currently missing, but they remain, and I know they will return. Our capacity for them is boundless, and is only dwarfed by their hatred for you. They don’t care about your religious beliefs; they don’t care about your political opinions. They don’t care if you sit on the left or the right, liberal or conservative, pacifist or a warrior. They don’t care how much you believe in diversity, equality, or freedom of speech.
I’m sorry that you have never smelled the breath of a man who wants to kill you. I am sorry that you have never felt the alarm bells ringing in your body, the combination of fear and adrenaline, as you move towards the fight, instead of running from it. I am sorry you have never heard someone cry out for help, or cried out for help yourself, relying on the courage of others to bring you home. I am sorry you have never tasted the salt from your own tears, as you stand at flag draped coffins, burying men you were humbled to call your friends. I don’t wish those experiences on you, but I wish you had them. It would change the way you act, it would change the way you value, it would change the way you appreciate. You become quick to open your eyes, and slow to open your mouth.
Most will never understand the sacrifice required to keep men from that compound away from our doorstep, but it would not hurt you to try. It would not hurt you to take a moment to respect the sacrifices that others make on your behalf, whether they share your opinions or not. It would not hurt you to take a moment to think of the relentless drain on family, friends, and loved ones that are left behind. Ideas are not protected by words. Paper may outline the foundation and principles of this nation, but it is blood that protects it.
In that compound, a man you have never met gave everything he had, so that YOU, have the freedom to think, speak, and act however you choose. He went there for all of us, whether you loved him, or hated what he stood for. He went there to preserve the opportunity and privilege to believe, to be, and to become what we want. This country, every single person living inside of its borders and under the banner of its flag, owe that man. We owe that man everything. We owe him the respect that his sacrifice deserves.
Saying thank you is not enough.
We send our best, and lose them, in the fight against the worst this world has to offer. If you want to respect and honor their sacrifice, it needs to be more than words. You have to live it.
Take a minute and look around. Soak it in, all of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You have the choice, every day, as to which category you want to be in, and which direction you want to move. You have that choice, because the best among us, the best we have ever had to offer, fought, bled, and died for it.
Don’t ever forget it.
Concealed Carry Tip: Don't be THAT guy...
I want to talk about something pretty serious.
I've said it before and I'll say it again...and again...
We're no longer safe in the places we once felt safest.
Assaults in churches, murders in movie theaters, armed robberies in the checkout line at the grocery store...
These headline-making events seem to be plaguing us every single day...
We want to believe the world is a safe place, but even more so, we want to believe our hometowns are immune to this horrifying decline of our society...
But two police reports listed in a local newspaper a while back showed a different and disturbing reality...
You see, more and more people are choosing to carry guns to defend themselves–which I fully support...
I mean, educating and insuring these people is exactly what the USCCA does...
It's why it was founded this organization in the first place...
But while there are many inspiring stories of self-defense involving concealed weapons, there are some that are less justified...
Take the following two contrasting stories...
A 30-year old man reported being assaulted in a park while walking with a female friend. He said he was approached by four unknown men, when one of them tried to start a fight by punching him. When the victim advised the assailants he was carrying a concealed weapon, they fled in their vehicle, and were later apprehended by police.
Now, this is what I like to hear...stories of responsibly armed citizens right in my own backyard...
But then, later that same week...
A road rage incident caused one of two involved vehicles to collide into a guardrail. A verbal exchange followed between the drivers. One then drew his concealed gun and pointed it at the other man in an attempt to discourage him from leaving the scene. The permit holder was arrested for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon and was transported to jail.
You see, there's two sides to every coin...
There are cases of good concealed carry discipline, which make us want to stand up and cheer for the good guy...
And others that frankly, ruin the image of respectable firearm-owning civilians...
It's up to us to act responsibly when we decide to take matters in our own hands, and to know ahead of time when it's appropriate and legal to draw our guns.
Practice your draw. Train to improve your accuracy. Carry your gun as a means of protection...
But, know the law...
Don't do anything stupid, careless, or reckless.
Your actions–right or wrong–affect millions of other gun owners.
Take care and stay safe,
President | USCCA
The National Rifle Association has partnered with Bearing Arms in support of its Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign, "Bearing Arms Against Domestic Violence".
The main goal of the campaign is to bring awareness to domestic violence, highlighting the fact that a temporary restraining order or order of protection is not always an effective tool in stopping an attack and showing that owning a gun can and does save lives.
Jenn Jacques, the editor of BearingArms.com, is requesting help this October to support survivors of domestic violence.
The National Rifle Association's Women on Target, Refuse To Be A Victim, Basics of Pistol Shooting course and other programs provide world-class training and resources to empower participants by teaching invaluable self-defense, situational awareness, and safety strategy skills.
Survival Decision, along with other Training Companies, Individuals and Ranges, are offering discounts on training courses, such as Women on Target, Refuse To Be A Victim, concealed carry, basic pistol and personal defense classes to empower participants and fight back against domestic violence and other violent crimes. Contact us or Bearing Arms to find a course near you and register to get your discount.
If you cannot attend a class yourself, please consider sponsoring someone who could benefit from this type of training.
"Let's turn victims into survivors!"
Please consider Jenn Jacques' call to support domestic violence survivors, and thank you for all you do.
I couldn't pass this up. Just goes to show that if the citizens will stand up, we can make a difference!
Cowboy lassos would-be thief in Walmart parking lot
Posted: 06/13/2016 9:46 AM
EAGLE POINT, OR (KPTV) - The West may not be as wild as it once was, but a southern Oregon town got a taste of some good old-fashioned cowboy justice Friday morning.
A man and his horse happened to be in the right place at the right time to thwart a would-be thief outside a Walmart store in Eagle Point.
KOBI-TV reported a woman was walking out of the store around 10:00 a.m. Friday when she saw a man take off with her bike.
When she began yelling, a man with a horse trailer jumped into action, taking the horse out of the trailer and going after the thief.
The cowboy then used a lasso to catch the suspect and held him there until police arrived.
KOBI reported the suspect, Victorino Sanchez, was booked into the Jackson County Jail on a theft charge.
Police said the bike was returned to its owner.
Copyright 2016 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved
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ROEVER Foundation - Restoring the Wounded
"As A Grateful Nation Remembers!"
Today on this Memorial Day I met for the first time Dave Roever, A Vietnam Veteran who at the height of the Vietnam War, was drafted into service. He chose the U. S. Navy and served in the Special Warfare Group as a river boat gunner in the elite Brown Water Navy in the waterways and deltas of Vietnam.
Speaking today at my Church, I was touched as he delivered his powerful message. I also felt closely related as he was part of the precursor to the Naval Special Warfare command that exist today that I served so proudly with through much of my early career.
Below an excerpt from his site:
“Eight months into his first tour of duty he was burned beyond recognition when a phosphorous grenade he was poised to throw himself exploded in his hand. That ordeal left him hospitalized for fourteen months. His survival and life are miraculous.
Today, with his engaging humor, Dave Roever is enthusiastically received both nationally and internationally as a public speaker. In every setting, Mr. Roever’s message is one of hope. Using his life as an example, he addresses issues relevant to his audience and presents concrete solutions to life’s problems. Often drawing upon his war experiences of loneliness, peer pressure, disfigurement and pain, as well as life’s triumphs, Dave weaves together a message of courage, commitment and survival that touches and transforms those who hear him. The foundation of his hope is his faith, supported by the wholesome relationships with his parents, wife, children and grandchildren. Thirty-four years after his injuries, the U. S. Department of the Navy corrected its oversight by awarding Dave his Purple Heart, along with several other service medals.
Because of his war-time experience of service, injury and recovery, he is uniquely qualified to speak to the needs of military personnel. He is called upon regularly to address troops on domestic military bases as well as those deployed around the globe.
Dave Roever is founder, chairman, and president of Roever and Associates based in Fort Worth, Texas. Dave and his wife, Brenda, are co-founders of Eagles Summit Ranch - Colorado, near Westcliffe, where Dave, Brenda, and team train wounded warriors, others from the military, and talented young leaders in areas of specific focus such as public speaking, and marital and emotional recovery after devastating injury, helping them to fulfill their destinies. Mr. Roever’s vision never stops – the second facility, Eagles Summit Ranch - Texas, is now open, near San Antonio.”
Dave Roever is a patriot and veteran who continues to serve his country well, and a Great Warrior Messenger for Christ. As he continues in his mission, lets all honor him and stand behind him and his wife Brenda for their many years of dedicated service to this Nation and those who serve her and ultimately the families who give all.
Partnered with the Wounded Warrior project and others, the Roever Foundation is making a great difference.
PO Box 136130
Fort Worth, TX 76136
For Veterans and their loved ones, You are not in this alone!
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service.
Veterans and their families and friends can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Above all, reach out!