Jodi’s Voice has partnered with Eileen’s Foundation to begin the Pursuit of Happiness Movement.
When our forefathers wrote the constitution, we don’t think they could have imagined how this unalienable right would be infringed upon so much by today’s crimes of stalking, domestic violence and bullying.
There are millions of people every single day who are denied this right by their stalkers, abusers and bullies, both male and female. These people are your neighbors, your friends, your family and your co-workers. The figures for these crimes are staggering and growing every day.
We believe in everyone’s right to the pursuit of happiness. Feeling safe in your home, school or work environment. And we believe the way to achieve change and enjoy this basic right, is to start with our youth. The Pursuit of Happiness Movement plans to develop an educational program to teach our youth that their fellow human beings have the same right to happiness as they do. Given the correct tools our teens will be alerted to the signs of stalking, domestic violence and bullying while giving them practical tools to deal with these crimes against not only them but their friends and families.
During a one-year period 6.6 million people over the age of 18 in the United States were stalked. At some point in their lives 16 percent of women and 5 percent of men have experienced stalking. These staggering statistics grow even more dangerous with estimates of nearly 50 percent of stalking cases going unreported. These victims often feel fear that they or someone close to them will be harmed.
Domestic Violence Statistics:
Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend to 3 million women who are physically abused by their husband or boyfriend per year. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. 60,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by their peers. Schools in today’s society harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and astonishingly 2.7 million of their victims making 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Statistics also show that 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school, and 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school, and that 71% of today’s students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
In every one of these cases, the perpetrators were most likely victims themselves. Children who witness violent acts in their homes will typically commit these crimes as well. But most children don’t even realize that these traits are not “normal.” It is their “normal.” Currently one in three teens are experiencing some form of dating abuse. Something has to be done now to break the cycle.
Won’t you help us make a change for the better in our world.