SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009
Story by Lauren Seabrook
9:11 P.M. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2009
Women around Topeka are taking a week to embrace love and stop violence.
That's the theme for the YWCA's week without violence festivities.
Sunday night, the community met at Lake Shawnee and held a reflection vigil for victims of domestic violence.
Organizers of the event are trying to get one strong message across.
Laura Burton, YWCA's Public Educator says, "we want survivors of domestic violence to know that there is help and there is hope and there are a lot of people in our community who support them, who understand what's going on, who want to help in whatever way we can. Often domestic violence is a very isolating experience and we just want people to know they're not alone."
Posted: 7:22 PM Oct 18, 2009 "Embrace Love, Stop Violence"
YWCA is holding their Week Without Violence in Topeka this week.
"Embrace love, stop violence."That is this years theme of the YWCA'S Week Without Violence.
It kicked off Sunday evening with a reflection vigil at Lake Shawnee.
For more than a decade, YWCA'S across the country have participated in this event.
The annual event gives the community a chance to participate in several lessons geared towards raising awareness and preventing domestic violence.
They will be holding events through October 24 and here is a look at those events.
October 19: Chalk at the Capitol
Join YWCA for family fun including carnival games, moonwalks art activities and a hot dog dinner. It is being held at the Capital Building South Lawn from 6-8 PM.
October 20: Sin by Silence Film Screening
Sin by Silence reveals the lives of women who advocate for a future free of domestic violence. It will be held from 7-8:30 PM at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public LIbrary.
October 21: March and Rally to End Domestic Violence
Since 1995, Topekans have gathered at this event to make their voices heard. The walk will is being held from 12-1 PM and will start the the YWCA of Topeka and end at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas campus.
October 21: Relationship Ready!
This event will help kick start the conversations between parents and teens about healthy dating. It is at Royal Valley High School and will be from 6-8 PM.
October 22: Speak Up, Speak Out Teen Performance Art Night
Teens will showcase various talents such as drawing, song, poetry and much more at The Break Room. It will be from 7-9 PM.
October 23: Empowerment Now! Self-Defense Class
This free class will help people learn a few new moves while also getting a great workout. There will be two sessions. One from 12-1 PM and the other from 5:30-6:30 PM at the YWCA Health Arena.
October 24: Voices agaist Violence Featuring Katlyn Conroy
Katlyn Conroy will be bringing melodramatic pop music to Bosco's from 9 PM-Midnight. Cover charge will be $5.00 and will help the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment.