, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

February 12, 2013

Letter: Standing up against violence on women

To the editor:

Open your hearts and join us on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, at 12:15 at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Park, 101 Main Street, as we celebrate “One Billion Rising.”

This is your opportunity to rise, dance, and speak out to demand an end to violence against women and girls. Join global activists as we bring one voice to our passionate cry for justice for women all over the world – child brides, victims of rape and sex trafficking, children fearful in their own homes, victims and survivors of domestic violence.

There are 7 billion people on our planet. Half of us are women. One in three of us will be beaten, raped or assaulted. That means that most of us know someone – a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, perhaps even ourselves – who has experienced interpersonal violence.

On Thursday, Gloucester will be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign to stop violence against women and girls. The Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse, HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) and the North Shore Rape Crisis Center are joining forces to make a public statement that we can and will demand an end to violence – locally, nationally, globally.

For decades, the city of Gloucester has been at the forefront of addressing the issue of domestic abuse. HAWC has maintained a presence downtown since 1996, providing direct services to those struggling with domestic violence through their 24-hour hotline, support groups, crisis counseling, parent and child trauma recovery programs and court advocacy.

The Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse brings concerned residents and organizations together to conduct ongoing education and awareness campaigns. Coalition members represent social service agencies, faith communities, law enforcement, and those who choose to take an active role in bringing an end to domestic violence.

And in 2001, the coalition launched the “domestic violence-free zone” campaign, which focuses on our commitment to create and maintain a safe community for all of our residents. The North Shore Rape Crisis Center provides assistance to victims of sexual assault.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Motorcyclist Sticks Landing This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture Rita Ora Embraces the Ice Bucket Challenge Bird surprises soccer player Ashley Young during game Chapter Two: Never too late to become an artist Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Viral, Raises Over $15M For ALS Damaging Winds Stop the Show! In the Cockpit of the Air Force's Elite Squadron Pathologist: Autopsy Shows Teen Repeatedly Shot