Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rally Wrap-Up

from Alex Leslie, Prevention Specialist

The first thing that everyone noticed was the weather. Everyone seemed to say something akin to, “You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day.” I, of course, couldn’t help but agree. The Rally to kick of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, if measured by weather, was a resounding success from the start. It seemed unlikely that anything could have topped the weather, but our speakers found a way to bring even more energy and positivity to the event! Even prior to the 12:00pm start time, people began to arrive to get information, soak up the sun, and get some amazing food—catered by the even-more-amazing Marigold Catering.

MC Terry Moir from WDOK’s morning show kicked things off by providing statistics about sexual violence and child abuse. Between stirring appreciation from CRCC’s CEO, Megan O’Bryan and Bellflower’s Executive William Eyman, the audience couldn’t help but see the urgency that comes with awareness of sexual violence and child abuse. Most importantly, participants heard an energetic speech from Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who reminded all that, “We are our sisters’ keeper; we are our children’s keeper.”

Thanks to all who turned out in support of the “We Can Talk” initiative. Together, we will all work to shed light into the darkness and raise voices in the silence. We sincerely appreciate your support!

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