Ny, NY (PressExposure) August 01, 2012 -- Two and a half years after its inception, Suzanne Perry, Founder and Director of OP Music House, Inc. takes a huge cleansing breath, with tears of accomplishment in her eyes.
Perry was a victim of domestic violence for over 20 years. Mid-2009 she decided to break her silence and started sharing her tales of abuse. The response she got was so overwhelming, she needed an outlet and in January, 2010, she launched OP Music House. It is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness, prevention, education and eradication of domestic violence as well as providing direct support and referrals to men and women impacted by it.
Using music as the vehicle, Perry traverses the world with her "exposure" events. Perry explains, "What if my curtains were opened before the next interrogation, the next beating.. what if the neighbors could see? What if the parents, grandparents, neighborhood.. what if the whole world were looking in my window. Would my abuser have hurt me? No, of course not. With that theory, all the events I do are centered around the 'exposure' theme. We can't continue to brush this reality under the carpet any more! It touches far too many's lives, it's time to expose it."
OP Music House's signature event is the "EXPOSURE Concert, Because love shouldnt hurt," an annual 3-day concert which has reached all corners of the world via live streaming, that in 2012 had over 60 bands perform on 2 stages.
The events are upbeat, positive and optimistic, during which Perry explains why she stands today, "as a symbol of hope, as living evidence that you can live a meaningful, fulfilling life outside the confines of an abusive relationship." She conducts public and motivational speaking engagements, and hosts multiple radio programs supporting small businesses, bands, and offers motivational inspiration.
OP Music House was recently awarded 2012 Best Community Organization by Orchard Park Award Program, and after its 2nd annual "RUMBLE to break the silence: Bike run to expose domestic violence," have finally reached their financial goal and will complete 501(c)3 financial obligation via the Foundation Group. It's a major business and personal milestone for Perry.
"Our volunteers get involved for their own personal reasons but most have somehow been impacted by this epidemic. For their tireless hours of hanging posters, spreading the word, social media promotions, making baskets, asking for donations, 50/50s and all the coordination involved with organizing benefits, they deserve a major thank you. My main volunteer, Cat Marcello, spearheaded the Bike Run event and thanks to her putting her life on hold, we will now secure this milestone which opens up a whole host of new opportunities! It's something we have truthfully earned, worked so hard for and to see us finally achieve it is so enlightening, it's something concrete that nobody can deny!"
OP Music House represents peace thru music and is not a pro-women organization. "Men are impacted by domestic violence and abuse too, we welcome all people of all makes and models to attend our events, be seen and heard. Abuse crosses lines of gender, color creed, religion, career, there are no limitations and we unite to stand together in harmony, because love shouldn't hurt!"
The next set of goals will involve strategic partnering and locating a facility to be used as a performing arts venue.
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