My name is Jenna, I live in Benson, Minnesota. We are a small town of around 3,500 people and are located in rural central Minnesota. Though are town is small, it is full of people that have extended there arms out to those who need and to help others succeed!
We have a wonderful youth program in our town, The Heartland Girls Ranch, that provides strength-based, trauma-informed services and therapeutic equine programming in a safe and supportive environment that empowers girls to experience success and write a new story for themselves. Within the Ranch, they have become of of the state's few centers for the new Safe Harbor Law, In which they house and help girls that have been sexually exploited and they enact the Hearts for Freedom program for sexually trafficked girls. These programs have helped to open a large base of community organizations and members that want to help make our community and this world a safe place!
I believe that having the BTS team stop in Benson as a part of their 2015 tour, would be an amazing opportunity for both advocates in the area and to bring the school aged teens and their parents into the same loop so that we may open our eyes to realities of Domestic Violence and the effect that it to, has on our youth and the men and women in our community. Within my circle here, Swift County is part of the Safe Avenues Crisis and Shelter House coverage area and would benefit greatly from a fresh, new opportunity to bring awareness to the domestic violence problem. I also enjoy working very closely with the wonderful women at Someplace Safe, another women's crisis center option in our local area.
Someplace Safe has worked directly with me through my experiences in domestic violence and helped me get through every moment of it, with their help. In 2012 I was kidnapped from my home in Clontarf, MN by my ex-boyfriend and severely beaten for many hours before the police found me. The help of the local police officers, the domestic violence advocates, my friends and family and the huge hearts of our wonderful community, got me through the following year of recovery. I could not have asked for a better place to call home.
Since my attack I have joined a few organizations all with the intent of raising awareness and putting an end to domestic violence. I enjoy advocating in my free time and trying to use my experience to help others. I believe the BTS Fierce 11 will do just that for our tight knit community! Hope to see you in Benson, MN- in 2015!!!
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