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Letter: The Issue No One Wants to Talk About

To the Editor:

Six months of planning for the Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk (and Fun Run!) and it rains! But that did not deter the 476 people who showed up on April 26 to walk the 5K event in Claremont as a show of community solidarity to end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse and stalking.

Thanks to about 60 volunteers, and sponsors and donors led by honorary chairs Kathy and Guenter Hubert of Hubert’s Family Outfitters, the eighth Walk for Turning Points Network in Claremont and Newport raised more than $57,800 in support of its safe homes and the prevention programs the agency brings each year to Sullivan County schools, K-12. “We walk because others have to run (to flee domestic violence)” said one supporter. The young woman who spoke at the pre-event rally shared that a year ago she was in an abusive situation, and that now, having been the recipient of TPN services, she is about to graduate from college and begin a new life.

Domestic violence is an issue that no one wants to talk about, but it’s present in every neighborhood and at every socio-economic level. For 37 years, Turning Points Network has provided counseling and advocacy services, a 24-hour task force and the above-mentioned programs to assist those affected by domestic violence in Sullivan County — more than 800 women, children and men last year. The Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk and Fun Run brings together a community of support that raises awareness, raises funds and raises the spirits of all who are affected by domestic violence. Turning Points Network is here for you, and we can help.

Pat Whitney

Board Member, Turning Points Network

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