#HERstory Feature: Tamiko Lowry Pugh from Atlanta, GA
Written by gphradio on September 18, 2018
This week on #Herstory we are featuring Tamiko Lowry Pugh from Atlanta, GA
Written By: Kierra Si’Mone
Tell us your story?
As a survivor of domestic violence, I have dedicated my life to domestic violence advocacy, awareness, and prevention. I know firsthand the needs and issues that victims face. I understand how the laws affect victims and I know that our society is not educated on the topic. I almost lost my life in 2007, the day that I tried to leave my abuser. I had nowhere or no one to turn to. I don’t want to see others go through what I went through as a victim. It’s my responsibility to help, encourage and empower those who are going through what I survived. I launched the Still Standing Foundation because I wanted to bring awareness to domestic violence and also make sure that I was able to reach out to those other women, men, whoever else was going through it, to really let them know that they were not alone.
What was (is) the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
One of the biggest challenges that I used to face, was worrying about what others thought of me. I used to be a people pleaser. I used to compare myself to other people in my industry. I soon learned that when you worry about what other people think of you, you are no longer the master of your own destiny. Successful people know that caring about what other people think is a waste of time and energy. No matter what other people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain you’re never as good or bad as they say you are.
What does HerStory mean to you?
HerStory means just what is says, “Her Story.” We all have a story to tell. We have all had things happen to us. A season of joy, a period of grief, or some journey we’ve experienced. As a survivor of life’s challenges, your story is worth sharing. Our testimonies are a powerful force because not only do they heal us, but they heal those who are going through what we survived. HerStory is a healing tool.
Thank you Tamiko. If you would like to be featured on #HERstory, please email firstname.lastname@example.org