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Break the Silence Rally & Vigil on Oct. 3

September 25, 2006

A rally and candlelight vigil will be held outside Cambridge City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. in observance of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The event will commemorate Massachusetts victims of domestic violence and highlight the need for greater community responsibility.
“This is an opportunity to remind people that domestic violence is everyone’s problem,” said Marsha Lazar, director of community health programs for the Cambridge Public Health Department. “If you know someone who is suffering, don’t be a silent witness. Take action.”
Rally speakers will include a domestic violence survivor, service providers, and Mayor Kenneth Reeves. Transition House, Respond, Inc., the Cambridge Police Department, and other groups will have information available about how to identify and help victims.
Other October activities will include an art exhibit, an event for teens about dating violence, and a workshop for school staff and child care workers.
Throughout the month, CCTV will air “Not In My Home, Not In My Town” an hour-long program about how local organizations are working together to end domestic violence, as well as the impact of domestic violence on the community. The show is hosted by Kimberly Sansoucy, executive director of the Cambridge Women’s Commission.
“Domestic violence is often marginalized as a women’s issue, but it affects us all,” said Sansoucy. “We made this program to show the incredible social impact domestic violence has on victims and their families, friends, even employers.”
Key sponsors of Domestic Violence Awareness Month include Transition House, the Cambridge Police Department, the Cambridge Women’s Commission, and Cambridge Health Alliance.
For more information, visit the Transition House website, www.transitionhouse.org.
Calendar of Events:
Oct. 3
Break the Silence Rally & Candlelight Vigil
5:30-7 p.m., Cambridge City Hall lawn, 795 Massachusetts Ave.
Week of Oct. 2-10
Silent Witness Project Exhibit
Life-size wooden silhouettes of Massachusetts women who have lost their lives to domestic violence will be on display at Cambridge City Hall, the Cambridge Police Department, the East Cambridge Health Center, the Cambridge Public Health Department, and The Guidance Center. For more information, contact Odessa Cole at 617-868-1657 or ocole@transitionhouse.org.
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Training for Domestic Violence Resource People
A free half-day training for child care providers and school staff interested in providing support and resources to children  of all ages, their  families, and staff impacted by domestic violence. 
Thursday, October 26
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day
11 a.m.-1 p.m., main entrance to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. At this lunchtime event sponsored by Transition House, CRLS students can sign a petition to stand against teen dating violence and pick up information about local resources. Free snacks and giveaways will be available.

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