I rarely miss the Grammys, but I almost did this year. I’m really glad I didn’t though, because I think the single most important honor the Grammy gave this year was a voice to Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence victims and survivors, and standing up against it.
When the President came on the television, I was pacing around my apartment cleaning up after dinner. As soon as he started listing statistics I sat down. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and it made me really proud—as an American, as a woman, and as a survivor of domestic violence. In some countries, women are killed, or have to go into hiding in fear being killed, if they speak out about the abuse they have endured. So, to hear my President speaking out against domestic violence and sexual assault to a room full of incredibly influential people—because let’s face it, celebrities have a lot of power whether we like it or not—as well as to the millions of viewers at home, I just couldn’t help but smile and say thank you. Thank you, Mr. President and the Recording Academy. Even my boyfriend reached out his hand to me, understanding what this meant to me, and I’m sure millions of others who have felt the hurtful hand and psychosis of someone they loved, or know someone who has.
There’s still a long way to go on the matter, even here in the U.S., but it’s good to know we are heading in that direction by talking about and pushing the conversation, because believe me when I say, talking saved my life.
BIG LOVE & HUGS