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10/8/2013 9:27:00 PM
Luminary to raise awareness of domestic violence

“Why doesn’t she leave?” is the wrong question to ask.
We see it too often in the paper. A person is charged with domestic battery. It often isn’t the first time. The charges may be dropped or reduced. People will ask, “Why doesn’t she leave?”  This is the wrong question to ask.
There are many reasons that a domestic violence victims won’t leave. Maybe she doesn’t want to take her kids out of school and move away from the abuser. Maybe she does not have a job or the money to escape.  Maybe the abuser has threatened to kill her (or the children) if she leaves. Maybe the abuser has separated her from friends and family and convinced her that she could not make it without him.  Maybe she doesn’t know where to go for help.
More importantly, it is the perpetrator of the abuse who is in control of the abuse, not the victim.  More appropriate questions are, “Why doesn’t he leave?” or “Why doesn’t he stop beating her?” 
Help us take a stand against domestic violence in our community. Join the Zonta Clubs of La Salle-Peru, Ottawa, and Streator on Wednesday Oct. 9 (tonight) at 6:30 p.m. at Plumb Pavilion in Streator City Park for our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luminary. We will walk in support of victims of domestic violence and then listen to great speakers including Senator Sue Rezin and Rep. Frank Mautino. 
We hope you will join us for this important event.  Let us show victims of domestic violence in our community that we care and that help is available. 

Sarah Walczynski, President Zonta Club of the La Salle-Peru Area
Vicky Garrison, President Zonta Club of Ottawa
Jill Newbold, President Zonta Club of Streator

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Article comment by: MotherEarthSpeaks

Reverence, honor, respect and love are due women and men. Violence is only conquered by a true powerful sense of self, and a caring generous community.

I would expect Sen. Rezin and Rep. Mautino to review the violence against women that is alleged in La Salle County with the strip searching incident at the jail.

Homes, safe places child care, education, counseling, mentoring and financial assistance are needed and could be built. You are talking about JOBS--set up these JOBS!

Stop talking and start acting for peace.

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