BENEFITING: MY SISTERS PLACE INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 31, 2012
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
• Every day 1 in 3 adolescents in America becomes a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner –far exceeding all other rates of youth violence.
• Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national averages for any other demographic.
• Only 33% of teens who are or were ever in a violent relationship have ever shared their stories of abuse or sought help.
This is a Call to Action to join My Sisters’ Place (MSP) in its efforts to reverse these numbers – support the 31 Days to $31,000 Challenge!
Before night falls on Halloween and the sun rises on the season of giving in November, we ask that you please make a donation to help meet the funding goals necessary to continue supportive programs for youth who are living with domestic and/or dating violence provided by MSP.
Every day, MSP works to disrupt the various cycles of domestic violence among families across the Westchester community. The current DV statistics are devastating and will continue to rise if not countered by programs offering awareness, solutions and support.
MSP Youth programs that confront the DV challenges young people face:
• Students Advocating for Equality in Relationships (SAFER) –Teens acting as peer advocates for healthy relationships
• Domestic Violence Education Program (DVEP) - collaborates with over 60 middle and high schools and community groups throughout Westchester County with a unique curriculum on healthy relationships and dating abuse geared to an adolescent audience. DVEP serves over 5,000 children and teens each year by working with school administrators, teachers and parents to increase awareness of the warning signs and remediate the damage through supportive services provided throughout Westchester.
• Love Shouldn’t Hurt Conference – Creates a dialog to raise awareness around the statistics of teen dating violence by providing students a forum to openly discuss the impact of these realities and provide resources to end the violence.
Join the challenge to recognize and validate the lives of your young neighbors in Westchester County who may currently feel lost and alone in a struggle behind closed doors. Please let them know you see their value and that they matter.
Think of all the young women between 16 and 24 in your life – whether they are family, friend, co-worker, or friend of your own children – now think about the horror of the statistics noted above. The odds make painfully clear that EVERYONE knows someone who has experience with DV and/or dating violence.
This is a call to action - please donate to the DVAM October Challenge today to help meet the funding goals required to maintain the vital youth programs of MSP. We can humbly promise that the impact of your gift will send positive ripples throughout your community and work to directly improve the lives of young women that you and your children may even know. Help us reach the 31 Days to $31,000 goal.