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Monday, January 28, 2013

Cradle My Love: A documentary about domestic violence

A Message To My Readers: 

Dear readers and supporters, I wanted to take out the time to thank you all for following my blog, commenting, sharing, and being so encouraging all the time. It really means a lot to me and I pray that I have inspired, encouraging, and helped some of you in many ways. Today I have decided to have a guest blogger, this is the first time since I have started this blog that I've ever had a guest blogger. This young lady at 19 years old has inspired me and I wanted to allow her to use this platform in order to inspire you as well. Miss Jeanine Strother entered a film contest and decided to do a documentary about domestic violence. It  touched my heart to see her at young age raising awareness for a cause that is very close to my heart and I am sure all of her hearts. Jeanine did not get picked in the final round but she is still eligible to win in another contest. On behalf of Jeanine I would like to ask you all to please watch the documentary and share it on Facebook or Twitter. Feel free to leave comments or encouraging words for her.

God Bless you all,

Nicole C. Lofton
Founder of F.A.C.E. I.T.

Miss Jeanine Strother discusses "Cradle My Love"

I created Cradle my Love, in early January 2013, for the Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship. I choose to attack domestic violence in my film because I feel that many people are affected by it. Everyone has heard the stories of people being harmed and abused by their relatives but I wanted to take them into that world. I wanted to show people how dangerous being in a domestic violence relationship can be. My goal is to get more people to speak up and stand up for them selves and others.

Many people fear reporting their abusive partners because they do not want to make them mad or they fear life without them. However, domestic violence victims never know how far their abuser is willing to go until it is too late. My film shows a woman who never told anyone about her husband’s abusive ways because he installed so much fear into her. In the end he kills her. I want people to walk away from my film understanding that domestic violence is a life threatening issue and no one should ever have to deal with. At the end of the video the main character sends a message out to women; letting them know that they are people. She wants them to know that they are very precious and they should never allow others to degrade them in any way, shape or form. I also wanted people to walk away with a resource that they could go to, right away, if they or someone they knew were experiencing domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24 hour hotline that can help victims of domestic violence.

The Girls Impact the World Film Festival Scholarship has a peoples choice award, which is based off of the number of votes by viewers. To vote for ‘Cradle my love go to the link below and under the video click facebook like and tweet the link. When I found out about this portion of the Scholarship, I wanted to reach out to as many people that I could. Although, I really need this scholarship for school and it would mean so much if I received it, the most meaningful part has been the responses. It has really touched my heart that ‘Cradle my Love’ has inspired and affected so many people. I have received messages from survivors of domestic violence, current victims of domestic violence and family members of victims that have not survived. They have all thanked me for “giving a voice to those who can not speak.” I hope that my video, most importantly, inspires people to escape abusive relationships because life has so much more to offer.