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V-Day takes a stand for abused women

02/21/2013

On Valentines Day 2013, 2nd Chance and One Billion Rising held an event in the JSU Amphitheater where they took a stand for sexually abused women.

There also was a second event at the Anniston Yoga Center. Misha Whatley, Senior and Intern with 2nd Chance, was the host of this event.
The event included Zumba dancing to allow women to be free. There was yoga, poetry and monologues to express the importance of breaking the silence against abuse, whether physical, sexual, mental or emotional.

“I feel like it’s my duty to take on this job give back and help because abuse in any form is not worth losing a life,” stated Whatley.

One Billion Rising is an organization by The V-Day Foundation that stands up against rape and abuse against women. One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That equals one billion people.

This was The V-Day Foundation’s 15th Anniversary and one of the biggest celebrations they have had worldwide.  The V-Day Foundation started this global rising of One Billion People. There are 203 countries participating in this event. There are events going on across college campuses in Alabama.

There is a culture of silence, and The V-Day Foundation is breaking the Silence.

2nd Chance, Inc. is an organization that assist victims of domestic and sexual violence in Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega Counties. 2nd Chance has been around for over 20 years and it was traditionally a domestic violence program until last year, when it expanded its wings into also becoming a rape crisis center.

There is shelter and transitional housing available for victims. There are physical exams available also support, art and counseling’s groups.

This service is also available 24/7 there is a crisis hotline available for victims: (256) 236-7233.

The 2nd Chance Facebook page received international exposure for this event.

 “It doesn’t stop and it can’t stop. Today, tomorrow, this is just the beginning,” said Trace Fleming-Smith, Sexual Assault Progress Director for 2nd Chance and Event Coordinator for One Billion Rising in the Northeast Area.

“2nd Chance’s participation in this event is because of the fact that we are the domestic and sexual violence center for this geographic area and we need help from the community,” said Susan Shipman, Executive Director at 2nd Chance, Inc. “We need to let everyone know that violence against women and girls needs to stop. Everyone has to do their part to change. The louder we are and the bigger we are the more people see and hear. The standard of not speaking will stop and people will speak out. We cannot turn our head and feel comfortable going on about our business and this is going on. It has to stop.”

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