I don’t know if I just give off some nerdy psych vibe or what, but lately everybody has been asking me about my major and how I plan to put my $128,000 degree to use. Most people think that a bachelors in psychology gets you nowhere in the employment field and in reality, they are right. I have big dreams though. I have bigger dreams than to just get somewhere in the employment field. I have goals, ambitions and I desire to do more with my degree than to just exist and blend in with everyone else.

Going to a Christian University, we talk en enormous amount about our “calling” or what God is “calling” you to do. We even have a class that is about this so called calling. Let me tell you folks, I really did not believe in this belief of a calling before I found myself interested in psychology and counseling. Yet now, I can one trillion percent say that I know exactly what my calling is. My calling is the burning desire in my heart that I have to become a counselor, to help others, to be their support and to provide them with the skills that they need because the need is real and very apparent.

Did you know that:
-Trauma is the leading cause of death for children
-Trauma occurs in this very country every 4 seconds
-Every 2 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted
-1 out of every 6 women will be or has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape
-80% of rape victims are under the age of 30
-Survivors of sexual assault are 26 times more likely to abuse drugs and 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
-Only 39% of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities
-1 in 10 children suffer from child abuse
-Over 45% of abused children are under the age of 5
-Over 1,000 children die every year in the United States due to abuse

I am 20 credits away from fulfilling the psychology requirements for my major and then I plan to apply for a masters program in clinical counseling because these victims need help. Many trauma victims dissociate, suppress memories of the trauma and try to take their own lives because they don’t feel accepted, they fear losing the ones that love them and they don’t know how to handle what they have experienced. These individuals need help. Our help.

The need is great. The number of people that are willing to help is small.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with Law & Order SVU. Last year, I used to tell people that I wanted to be Dr. Wong from SVU and if I couldn’t be him, I wanted to be Olivia Benson. Most people laughed but I wasn’t kidding. Yes, SVU is a TV show but the things that you see on that screen are real. The pain is real. The violation is real. Those very things are happening in your hometown and you probably don’t even notice or think twice. Although Olivia Benson and Dr. Wong are just characters, there is a great call for people like them in our world today.

Mariska Hargitay (who happens to be my woman crush every Wednesday) began receiving fan mail when she first started filming SVU many years ago. Except there was one thing very different about Hargitay’s fan mail that separated her from almost every other actress at the time. The fan mail that Hargitay began receiving were letters of women telling their stories of abuse and rape, some of them sharing for the first time because they felt as if they could open up to Hargitay due to her role as Olivia Benson. Since then, Hargitay has started an organization called The Joyful Heart Foundation which advocates and spreads awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The Joyful Heart Foundation has since then partnered with No More, another popular organization that is currently fighting to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t watch SVU, last week’s episode was about a famous athlete who was taken to court for domestic abuse while his wife stood by his side and claimed that the bruises on her body were not caused by her husband. Also recently shown on TV was a commercial sponsored by No More where NFL players addressed domestic abuse. So I wrote all of you to tell you this:

Go watch the No More commercial and take the time to look at The Joyful Heart Foundation’s photos that collaborate with No More & last week’s SVU.