By Kelly Hurla
Several events are set for next week in honor of the YWCA’s Week Without Violence campaign. The week kicks off Sunday, Oct. 13 with events through Friday, Oct. 18.
“The idea of the week is that we have events throughout the community that involve all different aspects of the community,” said Nicole MacMillan, community coordinator of the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. “And really just to raise awareness and to show support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.”
This year’s theme comes from the international campaign: NO MORE – Together we can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Activities for the week begin Sunday, including an anti-violence “crafternoon.” Monday will host a social media day, encouraging supporters to tweet using #nomoredv and help spread awareness. Tuesday there will be a tree dedication and memorial at the Jackson County Courthouse Lawn in Holton to honor those who have been impacted by violence. Wednesday will bring a film screening of “Forbidden Voices” to Washburn University.
“That is a film that highlights three young women who are bloggers internationally who have been a voice for women in their country and really expressing what’s happening in their own countries and communities so people can understand,” said MacMillan. “It’s really about the courage that these young women had to embrace to get the word out about what’s happening in their country.”
YWCA will work on starting a NO MORE club for Topeka teens ages 13 – 18 Thursday, as they host the first meeting at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library.
Friday’s wrap up to the week is the YWCA’s annual March to End Domestic Violence. This is a banner event that attracts hundreds of marchers against violence.
All events throughout the week are of no charge and open to anyone who may be interested.
For additional information and a full list of next week’s activities, visit ywcatopeka.org. Victims of sexual assault or domestic violence needing to reach out may call The YWCA’s hotline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-822-2983.