Christina Aguilera Cries During Moving Award Speech On Domestic Violence
By Lindsey Smith
October 9, 2019
Earlier this month, Christina Aguilera was honored with the Deacon Bonnie Polley Community Hero Award at The Shade Tree Of Las Vegas' Masks off Gala for her work in domestic violence awareness and advocacy and her partnership with The Shade Tree — an organization which provides shelter to abused and homeless women and women with children in crisis.
As you'll see in the footage, the 38-year-old singer gets emotional while bravely and candidly recounting her own experiences with domestic violence and begins to break down crying. “It's disgusting and it happens far too much to people that we do love. It is very dear to my heart because I am a survivor of it, as I'm sure many of you are and are affected by it,” she said through tears. “I'm truly grateful for all of you who really take the time to understand the people that come through the door.”
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#DomesticViolence is obviously a subject very close and personal to my heart. This past week, I was honored to receive an award from @shadetreevegas, a domestic violence shelter that I donate to….and while I tried so hard not to cry, I ended up balling the whole way through my speech because the statistics of domestic violence in the US are truly horrifying & sad and it’s so important to spread more awareness. .. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men in the US are affected by domestic violence. Every minute, 20 people are affected by intimate partner violence in the US. That is 10 million a year. .. I remember often having to up and escape in the middle of the night with my mom & little sister, having just the clothes on our backs, to drive cross country for shelter at my grandma’s house. Without that, I would have had to turn to a place like @shadetreevegas for shelter. I have so much respect and adoration for those who give their time and support to hear these victims’ stories and help them regain strength, self empowerment and provide resources for a better independent future. Some aren’t so fortunate to get out….which is why it’s so important to work together to put a stop to these horrific statistics. Moreover, this isn’t just an issue in the US, but happens all over the world, in too many homes!! .. We need to use our voices to speak up, reach out and help one another break these deep rooted cycles and empower each other to end these patterns. . If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, you can call 1-800-799-7233 and go to the @ndvhofficial #NationalDomesticHotline https://www.thehotline.org .. Check out https://theshadetree.org/ to find out more about their amazing work. And go to https://www.domesticshelters.org/fundraisers/wish-lists to find a shelter near you.
As well as explaining in her speech, Aguilera wrote about her own experience with domestic violence and why the charity means so much to her: “I remember often having to up and escape in the middle of the night with my mom & little sister, having just the clothes on our backs, to drive cross country for shelter at my grandma’s house.”
She also added valuable resources to those in need of help: “We need to use our voices to speak up, reach out and help one another break these deep rooted cycles and empower each other to end these patterns. . If you or someone you know is suffering from abuse, you can call 1-800-799-7233 and go to the @ndvhofficial #NationalDomesticHotline https://www.thehotline.org.”
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