from Consumer News Weekly

August 26, 2009

really works I did this myself with the purchase of the trials for shipping $2.49 on the first and only $.99 on the second. After you get the products you always have that time to cancel if you don’t want to buy more but I’ll let you know how it works after I try it.  Sound great and you can’t beat the initial cost.  LadyJ

With the recession in full swing, many consumers are turning to the internet to take advantage of special trial offers allowing them to save hundreds of dollars. Karen, an ordinary, modest mom from Santa Cruz, CA is one such consumer. Karen recently discovered a clever way of combining two different teeth whitening product trials from two different companies–Bright Teeth Pro and Denta White–to get one full "super" whitening, comparable to what you might attain at a local dentist for $400 or more, using nothing but trial offers and paying just a few dollars in shipping charges.

Karen: "I’m just a mom who figured out a system that works better than all the expensive whitening treatments the dentist tries to get you to pay for (you know, the ones that didn’t work?)."

Karen’s story of how she wound up with yellow teeth sounds all too familiar to some:

Well, honestly, I did quite a few things that probably contributed to my yellow teeth. I love a glass of red wine, I’m an avid coffee drinker, and, most regrettably, I started smoking way back in college when I was about 21 years old. I smoked for just over 10 years before finally quitting, and although I’m very happy I did quit, I was disappointed that my teeth really didn’t recover. Finally, I was self employed for many years and had little or no dental coverage. I can’t claim to have brushed twice a day every single day, but I honestly think I was usually pretty good about it… and I didn’t see any improvement, no matter how many "whitening toothpastes" I tried. Anyway, long story short, the coffee (couple cups a day), red wine here and there, and about ten years of smoking made my teeth something I was ashamed of.

…I’m not a rich woman and didn’t think I could afford it. But after looking around online, my son helped me find a few special offers (and coupon codes) where you could try the product by only paying a few dollars for shipping. That allowed me to get two different products–completely free!* :). My idea was that I’d just use one first and once I ran out I’d switch to the other, and that’s exactly what I did. The results were good with the first product alone, but what I hadn’t expected was that when I followed it with the second, I noticed improvements in parts of my teeth that the other product hadn’t affected, or had only slightly improved. Like I said, I’m no doctor or medical expert, but it appears that each of the separate products focus on DIFFERENT parts of the problem, or that the second one just gave the whitening enough of a "boost" that it finished the job! By using them both in a row I was able to get even better results, and because they both had trials AND I found coupon codes for them, I was able to do the whole thing by just paying a few dollars in shipping charges.

Karen: "I not only found products that produced a result as good as or better than I would have expected from the dentist, but I found out that these teeth whitening companies are desperate for new customers in this recession and are currently offering trials of their products."

But Karen didn’t stop there—after finding the special trial offers, Karen made use of the kind of ingenuity many consumers have turned to during this recession, and obtained special discount codes that reduce the shipping charges on each of the trials to under $1.99–making it possible to get them both delivered for under $4 total.
($1.95 on the first product, $1.83 on the second)

As Karen describes it, "I was surprised by the results after the first 3 days – but once I saw my teeth after a week, I was totally blown away… I knew I was onto something."

Most clever, perhaps, is the fact that combining two different trial products, and using them one after another, allowed Karen to get what could effectively be described as a "super whitening" without breaking the bank.

When we researched Karen’s story, this is what she said about her success: "The trick is to use TWO trial products that compliment each other TOGETHER to give yourself a whitening that’s better than you ever could have expected."
Thank you to Karen for this week’s consumer tip. Karen has shared her discovery with thousands of people over the internet. If you’re interested in using Karen’s trick, we’ve provided links and coupon code information below. Remember, to get results like Karen’s, you will want to use BOTH products together. The coupon codes reduce shipping costs to under $4 total (as of 08/03/2009):

Step 1: Click here for Bright Teeth Pro (Use Promo Code: britesave)
Step 2: Click here for Denta White (Use Promo Code: WhiteSmile)

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April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. In Colorado Springs CO, survivors of sexual abuse, and their supporters, will be conducting an art show and sale. The show is called "Finding Our Voices" and the University of the Rockies is the host at the Harvey House Auditorium.

Poetry and Performance and Safely Sharing Stories

Pictured is Joyce Aubrey, who will present "Aftershocks" which is her unique perspective of using art as a healing medium

Other events are scheduled for the weekend.

For more information email

Posted By Lynn C. Tolson to Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story at 4/03/2009 12:36:00 PM


Rozetta Mowery chose to leave her corporate job to determine the truth of her family’s history. She aptly titled her book Tragedy in Tin Can Holler. It reads like a combination of memoir and documentary, with domestic violence as the main theme. Mowery describes the horrific effects on the family with a true story that spans generations.

Through historic letters and reports, Mowery discovers that her grandmother lured, killed, and buried men in a mass grave. Unfortunately, Rozetta limits her description of her grandmother, saying, “Because Grace was half-German and half-Italian, she inherited a spirit of energy.” Such ethnic stereotypes may be insulting, and have no value to the reader’s experience. The point is that the grandmother was a serial killer.

Mowery uses crisp and cliche’ character descriptions. For example, she describes a minor character: “Ernest was the runt of the family. He was not very big…” Yet another minor male character “may have been part Mexican or Indian…. Because he had dark skin.” Other descriptions are offensive. When Rozetta refers to the children of the community, she says, “They would run around the big campfires like wild Indians.” However, the reasons Rozetta wrote this book include awareness of domestic violence. Perhaps her desire to send a message is greater than the need for appropriate character development.

How do six children survive neglect, poverty, sexual abuse, and domestic violence? How do children bond with relatives who are felons? Rozetta explains, “everyone helped their neighbors and shared food and clothes.” The siblings also survived by the love of their mother, who would nurture them through songs, books, and prayers.

Rozetta was a toddler when her father was incarcerated. The children were sent to orphanage, then placed in separate foster homes. The mother longed for her children, yet was unable to care for them. Meanwhile, her grandfather lived in luxury, perceived by the community as a generous man. However, he offered no generosity toward the innocent children. Upon release of Rozetta’s father, the children were returned to their parents.

The worst was yet to come, including increased intoxication of both parents and escalating physical abuse, to the ultimate act of murder.

Decades later, Rozetta had to read the newspaper article of her mother’s murder. Two men looked on as a husband murdered his wife. The news article says that one of the men said he did not intervene because it was a “family affair.” How neighborly is that?

Rozetta writes about what happened to the children who had been used and abused. One turned to boys, another to booze, another to pot. Rozetta was the only Mowery child who graduated from high school, and she graduated with honors.

Rozetta Mowery tells this gruesome story to expose the devastation of domestic violence. Read the book for the message! Look beyond the rough writing style, and experience a courageous woman who has smoothed the way for future generation. Just don’t read the book before bed because it will haunt you in your sleep!

Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story

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PAVE Newsletter

Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence

July 2009

In this Issue

:: Save The Date

:: Alcohol Consent Campaign

:: Run for Congo Women

:: International Sexual Violence

:: Art Works for Change

:: Free Self Defense Class

:: Sophia World Conference

:: School Violence

:: PAVE Profile

Dear Jacki m,

PAVE is a national, nonprofit that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence. Through social awareness campaigns, educational outreach, and targeted legislative efforts we work to end sexual violence on all fronts.
PAVE is both prevention and response based. We educate on cultural norms that encourage or trivialize violence while also creating grassroots action against injustices to victims and survivors.
You’re invited to join this important work – learn more today!

Save The Date
PAVE Events Not to be Missed! 

Taste of the Gold CoastTaste of the Gold Coast

Date: August 26

Location: The Sutton Place Hotel Chicago

Purpose: Cece and Melinda of Raymi Productions are working with PAVE to bring the top restaurants in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago together.


Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Removing the Mask:

Art and Soul to Shatter the Silence of Sexual Violence
Date: September 17
Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – L.A. Performing Arts Center
Purpose: Using performance art PAVE is working with MTV Real World’s Sarah Rice and other celebs to shatter silence surrounding sexual violence.

IVATInternational Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Date: September 21-26, 2009
Location: San Diego, California
Purpose: The theme is Promoting Peace in the Home, Your Community, and the World and aims to work from a multi-disciplinary background to link practice, research, and policy across the lifespan. Organized by the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma and supported by PAVE.
More Info
Register Today

Fear No FashionPAVE’s Fear No Fashion

Date: September 27 – 3pm
Location: Cubby Bear – Chicago, IL
Purpose: Because fashion is about feeling Beautiful, Sexy, and Empowered PAVE is using this avenue to raise awareness on sexual violence. The event will feature local celebrities, fashion designers, silent auction, and other surprises! Come join us!
Learn More!

Alcohol Campaign on Consent
UW Madison PAVE Chapter

Since University of Wisconsin – Madison is a reputed party school, the campus chapter of PAVE as worked with multiple student groups, campus staff, and Adams Outdoor Advertising to create a campaign addressing alcohol-facilitated sexual assault.
PAVE Media Advocate Katie Simons stated, "We wanted to incorporate the idea that while drinking might cause impaired judgment, there’s no excuse for taking advantage of someone else."

UW Madison PAVE Consent Poster

Run for Congo Women

Run For Congo Women

Join PAVE’s Team

Women For Women International has created a Run For Congo Women event to be held this fall in the following states:Colorado, Oregon, New York, Arizona, Illinois, and Missouri
This event is coming to Chicago at Lincoln park on October 3, 2009. Feel free to register and join

PAVE’s Team for the run or sponsor a PAVE leader.
This run is to raise awareness of violence against women in the Congo and aims to bring" long overdue relief to the women and children of the Democratic Republic of the Congo". Run for Congo Women is a grassroots run, walk, bike, swim, or bake fundraiser for Women for Women International’s Congo Program.
Learn more here.


The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo has just received two 2009 News & Documentary Emmy nominations. Winners will be announced in New York on September 21st.
Learn about the DVD and how to order!

International Sexual Violence
Recent News & Articles
Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) has released the Global Monitoring on Women, Peace & Security. It covers issues in the Congo, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, and Nepal.

Download the Article
Reforms for Peace are being urged in East African communities and Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn more on their efforts for reconciliation and institutional reforms.Online Article
Learn about the U.S. opening up its borders to give asylum to victims of sexual abuse. New York Times Article

Art Works for Change
Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art
Art Works for Change
An international contemporary art exhibition opened last month at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway featuring the Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, Susan Plum, and 28 other visionary artists, including Voices and Faces Project photographer Patricia Evans.
This UNESCO-endorsed exhibition is curated by Randy Rosenberg and our allies at Art Works for Change.

FREE Self Defense Class
Chicago Suburbs, August 20

FREE Women’s Self Defense Presentation at the South Barrington Club, Thursday August 20th.  Men and Women invited.  Take an hour out of your night to view material which may absolutely benefit you,  should you need to defend yourself.  1 hour FREE for PAVE supporters.
RSVP by August 10th: or 847-875-0458.

SOPHIA 2010 World Conference
Date: May 25-29, 2010
Location: Sophia, Bulgaria

This major world conference is spearheading a movement towards improved social and environmental conditions to create a prosperous and sustainable world.
Learn MORE and Become a Member Today!

PAVE Founder & Executive Director Angela Rose is Co-Chair for the Ending Violence and Human Trafficking track of the conference. The founder of the Sophia World Conference is Dr. Linda Stillman who was been involved with the UN for over 20 years.

Please join PAVE in Bulgaria in 2010!

14th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma
Last Chance for Early Registration
This September 23-26, 2009 join PAVE and other organizations and experts working together to end violence in our communities.
September 23-26, 2009
Last opportunity to get early registration fees – ending on August 9th!

Register Today

Action Alert

Every year 350 million children face school violence throughout the world. This violence can range from bullying to sexual abuse all of which have devastating effects on their educational opportunities and achievement.
No child should be afraid to attend school!

Take Action at

PAVE Supporter Profile
Marc Kaplan

Marc has been teaching Tai Chi in the DC Area for several years. He teaches a free class at a wellness center and accepts donations for a select number of nonprofits including PAVE in return for his teachings. Marc is an alternative sports enthusiast and experienced television producer and television production executive.  He is currently the Executive in Charge of Production for one of Fox’s longest running shows, "America’s Most Wanted." 
"Regular practice of my Tai Chi (Taiji) form and various Chi Kung (Qigong) exercises has helped a great deal to enhance my balance, coordination and endurance.  These are all important skills for the many sports that I participate in.  Most importantly my practice of Tai Chi Chuan has taught me how to effectively meditate, helping to relieve stress and adding to my inner peace."

Click here for more information

PAVE has openings for Finance and Fundraising positions. Email resume to:
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