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Letter: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Southwest Crisis Center wants to thank all who helped make our Face of Hope event a success. We were proud to honor Gordon Moore for his support and hard work in making things just a little easier for our victims.

To be open and supportive of those who have faced domestic violence and/or sexual assault is not always welcomed by the public. Often we still want to pretend it does not happen in our communities. Often we just try to ignore and hope it will go away. But that is not real life and it happens here in southwest Minnesota more than most of us even know. But with individuals like Gordon Moore, and those of you who chose to give to our fundraiser SWCC can make progress in educating the public, assisting victims in moving forward to a peaceful and productive life, and one day in the future see this kind of crisis reduced to a very minimal number of incidents. So we thank all of you again for you very generous donations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Watch for educational opportunities regarding how you can be part of the movement to stop the violence. On Oct. 19, the Minnesota Men's Action Network founders will be in Worthington to talk about their movement. They will be looking to recruit men of all ages to become part of their network that has involving men in the primary prevention of domestic and sexual violence as its No. 1 objective. They believe that men need to: 1) promote fair and safe relationships, 2) create and support healthy, joyful sexuality, 3) men who will promote organizational practices and public policies that support equality and oppose sexism and violence against women. The details on their presentation here in Worthington will be publicized in the very near future.

There will be other displays and information provided through the month throughout southwest Minnesota -- especially in the five counties SWCC serves (Pipestone, Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood). Join us in making a difference in the lives of our families. If you care to learn more, or want an opportunity to volunteer your time, please call us at 1-800-376-4311.