PERIOD OR NOT, RESPECT THE DOT
"It's not just happening in other countries, it is happening in our OWN backyards."
- Lynette Medley
The reality is...young ladies have reported running away from homes/placements, stealing, skipping school, cutting classes and using unhealthy methods such as using stuffing out of stuffed animals, old rags they have found or wife beaters etc. during this time of the month just to survive.
Due to the overwhelming systemic TABOO regarding sexuality awareness, the stigmatized perceptions our communities have toward feminine hygiene products and the menstruation cycle in general impacts the health and wellness of girls of all ages. There are currently NO ongoing programs that assist persons with menstrual hygiene products. Families with multiple young ladies experience greater levels of need due to the elevated costs incurred during that time of the month.