About the event
Lina Forzley is a passion and purpose driven entrepreneur, mother, #1 international best-selling author, speaker and rebel with a cause. Born in Lebanon, her family fled the civil war and moved to Canada when she was only two years old. A determined and strong-willed child, Lina’s mother jokingly stated that the civil war was likely brought on by her daughter’s indomitable will. From childhood, Lina faced a number of challenges that forced her to grow up overnight, but plagued her for many years.
Born with a fighting spirit, Lina achieved victory in the face of adversity so many times that very few situations proved to be intimidating, but her most difficult test had yet to surface. In March 2015, she survived a life-threatening domestic assault. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence against a repeat convicted offender, Lina found herself caught in a battle for justice that lasted 2 years. Traumatized by such a horrific experience with the justice system, she vowed to turn her negative life event into something positive. She founded Survivors Advocating For Equity, with the hopes of making an impact for future survivors.
Lina’s personal story is published in an international best selling book, Rebel Rising, and she has made several guest appearances on television, radio and event stages. She shares her personal story not only to let others know that they are not alone, but to break public stigma and inspire others to speak out, find their personal power and live a life they truly deserve.
On September 8, 2018, Survivors Advocating For Equity hosted an event called the S.A.F.E. Crusade on Washington, which served as the official launch for the organization. The route began on Capitol Hill and ended in front of the White House, where several influential speakers were heard, and appearances from a few notable guests were made. This was a day where survivors, along with their friends and families, came together, created some great friendships and memories, and marked the beginning of a S.A.F.E. Crusade for the future.
Weeks before the launch, Survivors Advocating For Equity released a video campaign for its trademarked hashtag, #NotOnMyLife. The nature of domestic violence means that the majority of people don’t talk about it. Since the beginning of time, domestic violence has been minimized and considered a private family issue that is not to be discussed or even acknowledged - a spat between partners. Domestic violence is dangerous and life-threatening, having claimed the lives of millions of people worldwide.
It’s not uncommon for victims to not be taken seriously when they do come forward with domestic abuse accusations, which leads to abusers avoiding consequences. The #MeToo movement has given most everyone a chance to be heard and has made some progress in changing the way people think and talk about sexual violence; however, despite overlaps in the topic, survivors who shared stories of domestic abuse via the hashtag experienced less positive impact. While the focus of #MeToo has been on sexual violence, specifically sexual harassment, domestic violence is more common than sexual violence but it isn’t discussed nearly as much.
A Me Too-style movement more focused on domestic abuse could help debunk common myths about domestic violence, as well as pressure the criminal and legal systems to make things easier for victims and survivors. In an effort to destigmatize domestic violence, and as a reflection of our mission to amplify the voices of domestic violence survivors, S.A.F.E. implemented the #NotOnMyLife hashtag. Information about the organization, events, and additional media, may be found on our Facebook page.
Why should you sponsor?
Domestic violence is a global epidemic. It can happen to anyone, at any age, within any social status, race or religion. Currently, survivors are not being heard or given equal rights within the justice system. S.A.F.E. is the only organization in existence, whose mission is solely dedicated to pushing for changes in legislature, to better serve surviviors of violence. Supporting this cause is not only dear to millions of people, it is a contribution for the future safety of humankind.
Lina Forzley is a passion and purpose driven entrepreneur, mother, author, and rebel with a cause. She is also the founder of Survivors Advocating For Equity (S.A.F.E.), a non-profit organization with a mission to call for more legal rights on behalf of domestic violence survivors. Born in Lebanon, her family fled the civil war and moved to Canada when she was only two years old. A determined and strong-willed child, Lina’s mother jokingly stated that the civil war was likely brought on by her daughter’s indomitable will. In 2015, after surviving a life-threatening domestic assault and being let down by the justice system, she founded Survivors Advocating For Equity, with the hopes of making a positive difference for future survivors.
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