Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Will you stand up?

Will you stand up?  To the epidemic of silence around violence and sexual assault, to the eye opening experience of witnessing how violence has impacted real people in Chicago, to the challenge of taking action with and within your community?  

 "because you let me buy you a drink..." by Christi Nielsen 

These are the questions Erasing the Distance and Affinity Community Services (in partnership with other local non-profits including the C4 Quetzal Center, the Mayor's Advisory Council on LGBT issues, Rape Victims Advocates, Rainbow house, and more) want to ask you.

ETD has been working with Affinity to create a 3 part violence prevention series that will unfold throughout the fall and winter. 

Why violence prevention?  Because domestic violence impacts mental health.  According to the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative:
"...there is now a growing body of evidence indicating that experiencing abuse plays a significant role in the development and exacerbation of mental disorders and substance abuse problems, increases the risk for victimization, and influences the course of recovery from a range of psychiatric illnesses."
Together Affinity and ETD want to shine light on this issue.  But we can't do it alone, we need you to join us and make your voice heard.  That is why part 1 of our 3 part series will be a Community Forum.

Join us on September 29, 6-8:30 pm
at the First Presbyterian Church, 6400 S. Kimbark, Chicago
For a Community Forum to talk about violence related issues in a safe space that welcomes all.

And come back often to learn more about part 2 (a theatre performance on Dec 1) and part 3 (a series of workshops taking place throughout the city between Dec 3-17th)  and to learn more about all of our exciting partner organizations.

Thanks, and I hope to see you there.


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