Turning the Camera Toward Domestic Violence

Turning the Camera Toward Domestic Violence

Lights, Camera, ACTION!

Apparently, this thing is called a "slate." I don't look nearly as cool as I felt holding it...

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Lights, Camera, ACTION! http://3bl.me/barwzy turning the camera toward #domesticviolence from @MaryKay
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:10am

CAMPAIGN: A Commitment to Ending Domestic Violence


When I woke up on the day of the shoot, I was so excited to go on set for the big video. I was imagining the movie magic and the "lights, camera, ACTION." Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. A typical living room was transformed into what looked like a movie set and the camera guys were mumbling technical jargon that would have stumped Spielberg himself. I was amazed! Well, cue the models right? Let's show off that new product! Not for this video. The woman in front of the cameras was definitely as gorgeous as any model, but that day we were in her living room for another reason. She is a domestic violence survivor. She is the face behind the alarming statistic that says 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence.

That day, the real movie magic had nothing to do with the fancy equipment. It happened the instant a brave woman took a deep breath and courageously told her story of abuse to a room full of strangers. We cried. We laughed. We took a break for sandwiches. Now, her story is ready for the world and it isn't the only one. The next big thing for Mary Kay's "Don't Look Away" domestic violence prevention program is in the works. We talked to real domestic violence survivors about their experiences and what they told us are incredible stories of strength that we hope will inspire you as much as they have us. Stay tuned for more!

To learn more about Mary Kay's commitment to prevent and end domestic violence, visit marykay.com/DontLookAway. If you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship, text "loveis" to 22522 to be connected with an anonymous advocate.

Today's blog post is from Katharine Bain, a graduate of the 2013 Mary Kay summer internship program, who is ecstatic to be back full time on the Corporate Social Responsibility team contributing to programs that enrich the lives of women and children all over the world.