Here are 5 things you should know.
1. The reason people sometimes drive cautiously is because they may have precious cargo and not because they’re old or too cautious.
You never know what someone has in their vehicle that is making them drive slow; could be their pets or an expensive item they are transporting.
2. Many people with a disability consider their aides (wheelchair, etc.) an extension of themselves. You should ask before touching or moving them.
Read this article and was surprised to hear how many people struggle with this. Even if you are trying to help, you should ask first.
3. If you are planning a surprise for someone on an important day that giving them a small treat at the beginning of the day to show you remembered will be a much better cover and positive experience for them than making them miserable thinking you forgot or didn’t care about them.
4. Domesticated cats are the top 100 most invasive species in the world and should be kept indoors to avoid the potential eradication of other species.
Keeping a cat indoors is the safest option for the cat and as long as the cat is provided plenty of tools to exercise their instincts, they are perfectly happy. Besides the benefits of a cat being kept indoors in terms of safety and avoiding illnesses such as FIV, cats are no natural predators in many areas and have single-handedly been the cause of endangerment and even extinction of hundreds of species of birds and other small animals. Please keep your cats indoors and let’s not do the environment more harm than we have already done.
5. If you or anyone you know is being abused and they have been strangled in the past by their partner, that their risk of being murdered is increased as much as 1000%.
Strangulation is a clear, well-documented, well-researched indicator for homicide in cases of domestic violence.
The CEO of HOPE International, the leading domestic violence and sexual assault prevention organization in the United States, stated that “victims who had been strangled were 750%more likely than other victims to be killed.” Other sources estimate it could be as high as %1000.
“Strangulation inhabits a category all its own in domestic violence as a marker of lethality. A kick, a punch, a slap, a bite — none of these, though terrible, portend homicide like strangulation does.” – Washington Post, “Which domestic abusers will go on to commit murder? This one act offers a clue” by Rachel Louise Snyder
If your partner has strangled you in the past, under any circumstances (such as when they are intoxicated or “provoked”), you currently have less of a chance of surviving your abuser than you do survive of a heart attack. Imagine the panic and immediate action and, most importantly, intervention that surrounds someone having a heart attack. You deserve the same intervention to save your life.
You can lose consciousness after just 10 seconds of being strangled, yet the damage is permanent. You can lose consciousness and never stop breathing., and it can still cause brain damage. It can lead to memory loss. It can cause a blot clot that could kill you days or weeks after you were strangled by your partner.
Do not panic.
If you are not sure how to escape safely or unsure how to help someone else do so, please reach out