Yorn saluted the Batesville-based nonprofit’s “best of the best employee team ... Because of their skill and passion, in 2012, fewer than 8 percent of our clients returned to their abusers. Those are outcomes that are life changing.”
In addition to contributing money, goods and services, she asked attendees to help the Safe Passage initiative in another way. “It’s time to stop the cycle of violence in our society that is now causing one in three women to be a victim of domestic or sexual abuse at some point in her life.”
She challenged each listener to take home a colored dot laying on each table. “Stick it in your wallet, drop it in the cup holder of your car, maybe carry it in your pocket. Use that dot as a reminder to become aware of what you see, and of what society accepts, that contributes to the increasingly violent world we live in.”
The director wants conversations to change attitudes and is optimistic it’s already happening at area schools through the Safe Passage Youth Council. “They are young leaders who are stepping up, getting involved and asking the tough questions with their peers about why our teens are accepting of harassment over social media and texting and abuse.”
Yorn asked, “How many of you here are part of an organization that started because of one person who saw a need and then connected the need with action? In Batesville we have a rich heritage of local leaders whose lives have testified to the power of connecting those dots to make great things happen. My hope tonight is that we all seize moments that move our lives and this great community to a model of respect, peace and justice.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at email@example.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
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