Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Aug 22, 2010 – No. 4
August 22, 2010 Leave a comment
Name: Becky Lee
Live in: Awesome DC
Originally from: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Profession: Running Becky’s Fund
What I love about DC area the most: The diversity of people from all the world being able to share their cultures, experiences, and beliefs, how everyone has an opinion about something, the vibe of living in a melting pot with the mix of a metropolis and its small town feel
About me: I am the force behind Becky’s Fund, a cutting-edge source of social change and public service based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the campaign against domestic violence.
I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and then continued on to receive my Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Emblazoned by the fact that 1 in 3 women are affected by domestic violence yet people still do not openly talk about this issue, I went to law school specifically to advocate for victims of domestic violence and have been working for victims of domestic violence for over 12 years as an advocate and attorney.
When approached by a casting agent to try out for the reality show, Survivor in 2006, I decided to go for it, thinking what a great way to expose the issue of domestic violence and use the media to promote awareness and advocacy! After coming in third on the show, I took a portion of my earnings to start the non-profit, Becky’s Fund in 2006. Through such programs like our domestic violence college tour, youth education workshops, Girls Scouts programs, and events such as “Domestic Violence Day at the Park” with the Washington Nationals and “Walk This Way” with the Washington Redskins and other professional athletes, we are always looking to find ways to reach different audiences to educate them about domestic violence.
During this month of August, we are applying to the Pepsi Refresh Challenge to win funding to create the first-ever domestic violence phone application. We are encouraging everyone to vote for us by texting 101506 to 73774 every day to help us win. We are also in the midst of launching a new campaign, EndDV, to end and prevent domestic violence on April 11, 2011 at our domestic violence concert. At that concert, we will be presenting the phone application to the public, encouraging everyone to join in the fight to end domestic violence.
When people ask me why I am so passionate about this cause, I understand they are looking for a personal sob story – yet I have none. I just couldn’t sit still after hearing story after story of people suffering in silence because they didn’t think they had a choice nor the support to leave their abuser. Domestic Violence does not discriminate and since it affects 1 in 3 women in the US, I am pretty certain you have met someone in your life or will meet someone who will be affected by domestic violence. I hope you will join me in learning more about how you can help someone find safety and hope again. For more info about Becky’s Fund, please visit our Website.
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