Tag: Activism

His Castle – CSPAN VIDEO

HIS CASTLE was a project that was made by a group of friends in Florida making a CSPAN Student Cam Video on Domestic Violence in order to help spread awareness to the community. This was created by Ivy Leung, Diana Proenza, and Nicole Romeu, students from Terra Environmental Research Institute.

“With the perspectives of advocacy, health care and legal professionals, we stress the crimes of domestic violence and consider the effectiveness of the Violence Against Women Act passed by the legislative branch on the victims of our community.”

 

(Click on the picture to watch the Video on Viddler)

 

His Castle

 

They contacted me and asked to share one of the quotes from my book SNOW WHITE DARKNESS for their narrative video. Thank you Ivy, Diana, and Nicole – for an amazing video of the plight of the Domestic Violence Victim and the effect of the Violence Against Women Act. Great job spreading awareness!

 

To Purchase your copy of SNOW WHITE DARKENSS, my book and personal journey out of Domestic Violence click below:

Snow White Darkness

 

 “Smothered by control
a tormented soul
trapped in his castle
Her tears rolling mist
proof she exists
in Snow White Darkness”

~ Diana Rasmussen, Snow White Darkness

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Unborn

Recently I read a blog and it just made me cry. I won’t release the name, yet it was a woman recovering from abuse, married now, and she found out she was pregnant. She shared how she wasn’t sure if she would keep the baby as she did not feel whole. It broke my heart. I shared a few words, of how this baby may be part of the healing, yet she did not agree. It is her choice. But to me, it’s a baby. It’s a life. It is precious. And out of all the mommies in the world, God chose her to be that baby’s mom. She was chosen, yet she doesn’t want it.

I was raped when I was a teen. I remember taking shower after shower trying to feel “clean”. And yet still I knew if I ended up pregnant I would have kept that baby. Adoption would have been an option, not abortion. It was a life. (No, I did not get pregnant) Life is precious and a gift from God. He is the Author of Life, not me.

Unborn


By Caitlin Jane

I am unborn. I cannot speak when I am afraid, you can feel a silent cry.
My eyes have not yet seen the colors of this world, but what you do to me shows me death or life.

For your choice is all I have. Your voice my only chance. Please keep me.

I am alive, my heart is beating. Innocent life, small inside I hide.
I need you all the time. Someday I’ll grow up, just because of you, who cared enough to love.

For your choice is all I have. Your voice my only chance. Please keep me.

My life here is at your mercy, don’t you see.
I am unborn, my entire life ahead of me. I am your baby.
The world awaits my cry and breath, I long to be held in your arms mommy.
God’s depth of love for you is everlasting. In the dark, or in the light, He’ll never leave.

Though I may be little, unnoticed, please don’t let me stay unnoticed for too long.
God makes no mistakes. Both you and I are wonderfully, fearfully made.

For your choice is all I have. Your voice my only chance. Please keep me.
Your choice is all I have. Your voice my only chance. Please keep me.

You can visit Caitlin Jane at:
http://www.caitlinjanetunes.com

 

No Wonder I Felt Sick Living in Abuse

No wonder I felt sick while living in Abuse. The effects are way more than just what happens when the Abuser acts out their anger. It is physical. And it made me sick. It is more than just emotions. I read this today and it really helped me understand. I remember that last year I was living in abuse I had all sorts of things going on physically. I ended up with weird medical things like Shingles – twice. And a month later Viral Meningitis. I would not wish that one on anyone. And then the girl problems…Ugggh.

This article says women living in abuse have THREE TIMES MORE problems with reproductive issues. And 48% more chance of being diagnosed with Depression – yep. Been there, done that. The scariest part for me was:

Abused women are 70 percent more likely to have heart disease,

80 percent more likely to experience a stroke

and 60 percent more likely to develop asthma than women who have not experienced abuse;

No wonder I was so sick!  If you are having physical problems with your health – see someone today.  Take the first step.  Domestic violence eats away at your body and your soul.  Break the silence and get help today.

Health Survey of Domestic Violence Survivors Finds Major Unmet Health Needs (via PR Newswire)

Pandora Opens the Door to Indie Artists

Great news if you are a musician these days – Pandora is accepting submissions from Indie Artists!

Here is the article from BusinessWire

The new system, accessible online at submit.pandora.com, is a simple, digital, three-step process to submit tracks for consideration. No physical CD is required – just basic contact info with links to preview tracks.

Pandora Founder Tim Westergren said, “Discovery is at the core of Pandora’s mission. Our goal is to give every talented artist a chance to reach their audience, whatever the genre and without regard to popularity. Anything we can do to encourage submissions from talented new and emerging artists is a top priority.”

Here is more from Gigaom

More underground artists have the opportunity to take advantage of Pandora: The company announced Thursday that it will open its submission process to independent and self-releasing artists.

Previously, artists on Pandora needed a CD available on hard copy with a UPC on Amazon. Now musicians who have submitted their work digitally through iTunes, Amazon/MP3, CD Baby or Bandcamp (see disclosure) can submit their music directly to Pandora, where the company will listen to every single.

As an Indie Artist myself, getting your music ‘out there’ has been a challenge.  I have accounts on Broadjam, SoundCloud, ReverbNation, BandPage, BandCamp, CD Baby, and more.  It’s quite the undertaking. Yet, this is great news for those of us who are unsigned. Hallelujah!

 

Here is my latest endeavor – an Acoustic version of SNOW WHITE DARKNESS.  I did this to go along with my new book release.

SNOW WHITE DARKNESS

© 2013 Diana Rasmussen

She looks in the mirror, seems vaguely familiar

like steam on the glass, shame covers her past

the fog slithers down, as evil surrounds

His worst fantasy, her reality

he pulls the strings, does unspeakable things

a sadistic entrance, for his acceptance

Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in snow white darkness

Clouds of confusion, rolled into illusion

He veils perversion, forcing her coercion

her body he takes, while she flies away

unbelievable, she’s invisible

love is the shadow, that darkens her window

she’s crying for help, to escape her hell

Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in snow white darkness

she hides in the fog, drinks hair of the dog

hates her behavior, craves one to save her

Smothered by control, a tormented soul

trapped in his castle

Her tears rolling mist, proof she  exists

in Snow White Darkness

by Diana Rasmussen
by Diana Rasmussen

P.S. I am looking for 12 people to give my book away to.

I would ask you to read it and give it a review on Amazon.com.

Interested?

E-mail me at prayersandpromises12@gmail.com

Thank you!  Diana

 

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New law targets repeat abusers

Finally a Representative willing to take a stand against Domestic Violence and repeat offenders. A new law was passed in IL. Yes, repeat your offense and go to jail. Go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200! Thank you to Representative Emily McAsey from Illinois!

I remember how frustrating it was when I had to call the police again and again through the years of an abusive relationship. Yes, the police would ask him to leave. Then I had to go and file the restraining order. Then I would call when he came back and broke the “no contact” rule. He always did. Then he goes back to jail for a day or two. Yeah, that was it. Gives him just enough time to plan the next attack. And he gets out, and comes home – again. And the cycle starts again. Give it a month, a week, a day or two and it starts all over again.

But today I learned there is a new law in IL that will help increase the consequences for repeat offenders. Hallelujah! I pray this law goes national, and worldwide!

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that domestic battery is a Class 4 felony if the defendant has one or 2 prior convictions under the Code for domestic battery. Provides that domestic battery is a Class 3 felony if the defendant had 3 prior convictions under the Code for domestic battery. Provides that domestic battery is a Class 2 felony if the defendant had 4 or more prior convictions under the Code for domestic battery.
(source: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/)

State Rep. McAsey: New Law Increases Penalties Against Repeat Domestic Abusers

State Rep. McAsey: New Law Increases Penalties Against Repeat Domestic Abusers (via Romeoville Patch)

“This law will help protect victims in our community and serve as a deterrent to future domestic abuse,” says state Rep. Emily McAsey. Received from the Office of State Representative Emily McAsey: Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey to…

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Yes, They Really Are Watching You

You may see the new badge on top of my page.  It is for The Internet Defense League.  You can click on it to learn more. It is also a widget here at WordPress. And I have a new category “ACTIVISM”.

Basically, I do NOT believe that our Government has the right to spy on me or you – without our permission.  But again, they are doing it anyway.  Phone calls, E-mails, Cameras, Computers, our internet searches may be recorded – without our knowledge or permission. Now there have been some that have said no, I am not going to do this, and have left their jobs.  They talked to the media and are now being thrown in jail for TELLING THE TRUTH – that our data is our data.

The funny thing is, my husband and I have our own IT company.  We have gone to multiple businesses and private residences to fix many computers or flat screen tvs.  I can’t tell you how many times I have put a piece of tape over that camera on the laptop, or totally unplug the X-Box Connect – because IT WOULD AUTOMATICALLY TURN ON!

“StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at https://rally.stopwatching.us. This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications. ”  YouTube Video Description

And the scary thing is that now the government is now OUTSOURCING Spying Technology- letting private companies spy with no legal ramifications and spying on ordinary Americans.

Featured Image source: http://gigaom.com/2013/07/02/the-internet-defense-league-rallies-to-restore-the-fourth

Who Are You Girl?

I had to laugh when I read today’s Daily Prompt:

Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece

You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MUSIC.

That has been my mission, my goal so to speak.  I am a musician as many of you know.  God has opened doors for me to play every week at Janesville Apostolic Ministries in Janesville, WI with my husband, Bob.  We had a Church Dedication yesterday that was absolutely amazing. I’ll use another post for that.  Let’s just say Ms D had a blast singing and dancing!

I also write, sing, and record songs about breaking free from Domestic Violence.  Silent No More – that’s me.  Singing about what really goes on behind closed doors when you live in abuse.  Not to glorify what happened, but to raise awareness.  People don’t know what happens unless we tell them.  People can’t help the next woman out of abuse if they don’t know how or what to do next.

Here is my Bio from Broadjam:diana rasmussen

Diana is a Music Minister, Blogger, Poetess, and Recording Artist based in Southern WI. She has received many TOP 10 AWARDS from Broadjam, Inc. in the Jazz, Country, Folk, and World Categories.

Diana Rasmussen is a Soul Survivor. She plays live at the local coffee shops and leads the Worship Team every week at Janesville Apostolic Ministries. Her songs focus on overcoming adversity, breaking free from domestic violence, and living beyond depression. Fans have called her songs, “haunting, powerful, and edgy”. Diana sounds like Annie Lennox and Bonnie Raitt, and there is a raw honesty about her lyrics.

WALKING WOUNDED by Secret Angel and Diana Rasmussen

Mixed/Mastered by Chameleon

Diana (PrayersandPromises) and Secret Angel (Secretangelps911) met on WordPress. Having both come from a past of abuse, they have a lot in common. Secret Angel has written a book sharing her story, “THE WALKING WOUNDED”. Secret Angel wrote the poem “The Walking Wounded” and Diana put a portion of the poem to music. A portion of the proceeds of this song will benefit Secret Angel Ministry.

Diana is an established Singer/Songwriter and “Soul Survivor” with many TOP 10 Songs on the Indie charts at Broadjam, Inc.  Her songs focus on overcoming adversity, breaking free from domestic violence, and living beyond depression. Fans have called her songs, “haunting, powerful, and edgy”. Diana sounds like Annie Lennox and Bonnie Raitt, and there is a raw honesty about her lyrics. Diana has received many TOP 10 AWARDS from Broadjam, Inc. in the Country, Folk, Jazz, and World Categories.

Secret Angel’s book, “THE WALKING WOUNDED”, talks about how abuse happens and how victims become trapped in their situations. It brings understanding to the plight of victims as Secret Angel reveals her own true story, including how God intervened in her life and rescued her. “THE WALKING WOUNDED” is in publication currently and will be released in August of 2013, with a plan for the majority of proceeds to go into ministries that help victims of abuse.

SNOW WHITE DARKNESS – An album sharing what it feels like to be in Domestic Violence.

By Diana Rasmussen, Chris Williams, Chameleon,

Mixed/Mastered by Protilius Productions and Chameleon.

1 in 3 women are broken, battered, or scared by abuse or domestic violence. These songs tell story.

$2 of every Album sale (20%) will benefit Secret Angel Ministry for building Safe Houses all across the US and the World.

LATTER RAIN –  An album that features the best of Diana’s Instrumentals with music from all over the World! Many of these songs have won TOP 10 Awards at Broadjam, Inc. Take a break from everyday life, and come on the journey – to a secret place for rest and revival…

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