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“Speak Your Peace” Domestic Violence Awareness Weekend
October 12-14, 2012
Domestic violence occurs in an estimated 4 million intimate relationships each year in theUnited States. In the city of Milwaukee alone, domestic violence homicides increased from 72 in 2009 to 94 in 2010; an increase of 31% from the previous year. The Surgeon General of theUnited Statesreports that domestic violence causes more injury to adult women than cancers, heart attacks, or strokes. FBI statistics point out that a woman is battered every 15-18 seconds in theUnited States. More than three million children witness domestic violence, and more than four million women are battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year. Approximately one third of female murder victims in the United Statesare killed by their husband or boyfriend. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it.
I encountered domestic violence for 12 yrs and am now a survivor and I am taking a stand. On October 21, 2011, we held our first domestic violence event entitled “Speak Your Peace” at Terri Lynn’s Banquet Hall that generated attendance of 250+. Program guests included survivors, prior abusers, poets, Asha Family Services, and Sojourner Family Peace Center. A donation over $1,000 was raised and given to Asha Family Services and Sojourner Family Peace Center to help with their mission for domestic violence.
Since then, I have become a Domestic Violence Advocate and work closely with Sojourner Family Peace Center as a Community Facilitator on domestic violence awareness, Allstate Foundation’s Financial Empowerment Economic Abuse program, and Souls of my Sister’s 5 month Life Skills series program at Sojourner.
I am currently planning the 2nd Annual “Speak Your Peace” Domestic Violence Awareness event to take place during Domestic Violence Awareness month in October 2012. The weekend will include a program on Friday night (Speakers, poets, survivors, former abusers) with a fashion show consisting of 10 models who are current victims/survivors, a domestic violence walk, charity basketball game and stage play on Saturday night based off of my book (Your Ruby’s Worth) called “Shattered, But Not Broken” addressing domestic violence, rape, and self identity. The stage play is written by Annette Jackson of Anaja Enterprises.
I hope I can count on you to help bring awareness to our community by helping to spread the word of this dynamic event weekend taking place October 12-14. If you have additional questions, know of anyone who may be interested in Sponsorship or vendor tables, please call (888) 529-2270. For the full weekend itinerary, please visit www.MasterpieceEnt.com