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Skidmore Lockdown. Tragedy Averted… This Time

At a Soroptimist meeting last night one conversation turned to the recent Skidmore lockdown. It sounds like campus officials and the SSPD worked diligently to protect not only the student who was the target of this threat, but also the campus and our community.  Our local Soroptimist club has had a long-term, passionate investment in helping domestic violence victims. One member said to me, “Wow, this was an unusual incident in how it escalated to such a crisis.” I immediately said, “No it’s not…we hear about coercion, about threats to cause serious injury every day!”  But in one sense she’s correct. This incident was a headline story in the newspaper… that’s not an everyday occurrence. So why wasthis different?  It’s the same fear/terror … the same calculated threat to control … same sense of powerlessness to know when/where the abuser may strike… what’s different?

This one became public; it’s that simple. A campus was on alert for the safety of all students and the community members surrounding the school. Lately we’ve seen too many tragic examples when personal violence has spilled into public areas, causing devastating tragedy. At DVRC  abuse victims often say they spend their lives walking on eggshells around the abuser so the violence doesn’t erupt. In some sense we’ve become a nation that’s walking on eggshells around the issue of violence… we’ve seen too many instances with senseless and unpredictable deaths.
Domestic violence isn’t a women’s issue… it isn’t a private issue…it affects all of us. Yesterday that message resonated very close to home. Let’s heed that message now… we have to work together to END abuse, not just in our own relationships, but in our community. This tragedy was averted… and the next one? 

Later this week look for more posts about what YOU can do.

16th Annual Bartenders’ Ball

16th Annual Bartenders’ Ball
Saturday, February 9, 2013
6:30 pm – 12 am Midnight
Saratoga Springs City Center

Live music by The Audiostars

Gaming tables by the Lions Club of Saratoga

Proceeds benefit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County

For information and reservations call 518-583-0280

DVRC Saratoga 30th Anniversary Fundraiser – October 30th

Tickets on SALE NOW!! CALL DVRC at 518-583-0280 or Buy Tickets Online

October marks the National Domestic Violence Awareness month and it is fitting that Saratoga County’s own Domestic Violence Rape Crisis (DVRC) is hosting its 30th Anniversary Fundraiser on October 30th from 6-8:30pm at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

At the Color ME Purple event, DVRC will honor Leadership Saratoga and Soroptimist International of Saratoga County as well as Saratoga County Assistant District Attorney Lyn Murphy and Katharine Winderlin,

Home Instead’s NYS Senior Heroes 2012 Awardee. These groups and individuals have long been dedicated to helping DVRC and victims of domestic and sexual violence. During this event DVRC will also share the promising next steps in our journey to END domestic and sexual violence in Saratoga County and invite everyone to join us.The cost of the event is $75 per person ($35 of each ticket is a charitable donation). There will be complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction.DVRC is founded on the premise that relationships should be safe. No-one should be controlled by or afraid of someone they love. DVRC offers crisis intervention via emergency hotline and shelter, and support services including counseling, legal advocacy, comprehensive case management, support groups, and specialized youth services to over 1,000 victims of domestic and sexual violence each year. All services are confidential, non-judgmental, and free of charge. Contact the 24-hour hotline at 518-584-8188 for assistance.

Please come. Please help END domestic and sexual abuse in Saratoga County. To buy tickets, please contact DVRC at 518-583-0280.

2nd Annual Purple Pooch Parade – Saturday October 6th

Come join us for our 2nd Annual Pooch Parade! As a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) we are hosting an awareness event in downtown Saratoga Springs on Saturday, October 6th. Each dog requires a $5 registration fee, (and will receive some goodies) but humans are free! Make sure to don your purple and come spend what is sure to be a wonderful Saturday for a walk in the park

10:00am – Activities start and Registration table opens
11:00am – Blessing of the paws and walk begins