and her Mom Cheryl
The color of a wound after pain has been inflicted is purple. A beautiful and regal color, what people refer to as a bruise, is a sign that a wound is healing. It is also the nationally recognized color of Domestic Violence Awareness month. The color was specifically chosen as if to symbolize a way of healing others through awareness and education.
"A coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous"
We all must find our purpose in life and as if God sent a message from heaven purple was the color of LaTasha’s birthstone and her mother’s favorite color.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” Rikki Rogers
Who is LaTasha Jackson-McDougle? To know the woman, you must know and more importantly understand her mission which are the same. Through education LaTasha Jackson-McDougle has committed her life to strategically positioning herself to serve others earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, a Honors Master in Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Honors Masters in Social Work; all at the University of Arlington. While working on both of her master degrees, LaTasha decided to write a thesis that involved research surrounding the domestic violence case that claimed both of her parent’s lives and left her and her brother devastated. During the course of her research she discovered critical information that the prosecutors and police department could have possibly utilized to intervene sooner and save her mother's life. LaTasha’s Thesis has been published and is titled “The Prosecutor's Role in helping Domestic Violence Victims”.
Through the research LaTasha also discovered her mother utilized resources of Women’s Haven (now safe haven) along with the women’s center. LaTasha actively volunteers and participates in events; LaTasha realizes that not everyone is blessed with immediate or extended family that has the ability to step in and care for the children who are left behind; therefore Cheryl’s Voice was created, though it is NOT a non-profit or for profit she has been able to assist in meeting victims needs through efforts of her own and faithful volunteers.
Cheryl's Voice began in October 1, 2013. The mission of Cheryl's Voice is to be a voice for children who have suffered the loss of their parent(s) due to domestic homicide/suicide. These children will be encouraged to seek a promising future and break the cycle of domestic violence. To educate children left behind on things that they can do to allow their tragedy be their victory; teaching them how to avoid repeating the cycle of abuse get out of abusive relationships as well as providing them with signs of abuse physically, mentally, and verbally. She provides them with resources that they need to encourage them along their journey.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
The personal mission of LaTasha Jackson-McDougle is Cheryl's Voice. What was born from the death of her mother was her voice and her life. Her life is Cheryl's Voice. As a child left behind she is reminded daily of her loss. It motivates her to continue pushing for more education in the community of what a healthy relationship looks like and how to successfully escape or even avoid being in a non-healthy relationship.
Her life's work is to provide people with idea of what love really is in a positive light and to encourage children left behind who feel they are hopeless. What is most important to her is to show them they can break the cycle of domestic violence in their family starting with them.
Her life's work and personal mission is to reach any and every one I come in contact with to be of an encouragement to them, to be able to assist them with any resource I can.
Her hope and wish is that in 5 years millions will know of Cheryl’s Voice. Cheryl’s Voice can be the starting point of change in the world of making change to assist victims of domestic violence and provide a better network for children left behind.
LaTasha Jackson-McDougle has been married for 9 years. What she loves most about her husband is that he is God-fearing, dependable, caring, and loves her no matter what.
When it comes to her own marriage, God answered her prayers because most importantly of all he understands her childhood trauma and respects the fact that he doesn’t ask questions of her that might bring up bad memories or of her childhood trauma. Rather he encourages her to be the best she can be.
For her when it comes to advice for other women having a healthy relationship she believes that being educated on healthy relationship and looking into family background is very important. Although she lost both of her parents she has two amazing grandparents who love each other and taught her what love is and how a healthy relationship should be. They also taught her that loving God and myself first is most important
“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
The key to her success has been turning her trauma into her victory. That has been for her the key to empowering others. She encourages young women to know their worth, love themselves and open eyes to potential red flags educate themselves to signs of abuse and avoid them do not ignore them.
For those who suffer from Domestic Violence her advice is to seek Christ for yourself. To understand and know that Christ loves them and would not ever want them to be hurt by ANYONE! The problem for most women is that the longer they stay in a toxic relationship the harder it is to leave and more dangerous.
In the end, is never too late to make change for good obtain a resource and use it, and Ms. LaTasha Jackson-McDougle and Cheryl’s Voice is the best resource for a Sophisticate in the 21st Century. ;D