“I will return later from a safer computer.”
When you visit the website for the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, a shaded box pops up before it will let you go to the site, asking:
- Do you really want to go to the website?
- Should you find a safer computer?
- Do you need to learn about Internet safety.
This box also explains that when you’re done you should go into your browser history, and erase that you were there. In case someone’s checking up on you.
There is a button off to the right and it says “Escape Site”. When I first saw it, I am embarrassed to say that the first thought in my head was of a child’s video game, because I am privileged enough to get to think that way. When you click it for real, it takes you to the Google search box. It’s your cover. In case you quickly need to hide what you’re doing.
I’ve visited the Portland Women’s Crisis Line site many times through my work with the Portland Listen to Your Mother show, as we are proud to partner with them once again, donating ten percent of ticket sales from our May 5 show.
And every time I go to the PCWL site, and click number one to say, yes, it’s safe for me to go to your website, my heart hurts. I shake my head all over again, unable to imagine that kind of situation. Yet here it is, real, right in front of me.
Founded in 1973, Portland Women’s Crisis Line was one of the first sexual and domestic violence crisis lines in the United States. Which sort of makes me shudder. There were a lot of people here in 1973, people connected to our current circles, current families, who may have needed support, and didn’t get it.
Looking forward, Portland Women’s Crisis Line invites you to UNITE: A Night for Transformation on Wednesday, May 11 at the Exchange Ballroom at 123 NE 3rd Avenue in Portland. It will be an amazing night of gourmet food, entertainment, and the Visionary Awards, honoring individuals and businesses with an outstanding commitment for a world free of domestic and sexual violence. Tickets and sponsorship information here.
It’s hard to remember that the things we have around us today weren’t always there. For more information about this important, life-changing organization, please visit the Portland Women’s Crisis Line website or find them on Facebook.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or sexual violence, please contact PWCL at 888-235-5333 or email@example.com.