Newsletter for Sept. 15th, 2000
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Just a reminder that Domestic Violence Awareness
Month is almost here. Pull out all the stops so that the Silent Witnesses
can tell their stories all across the country. Their voices speak louder
and more eloquently than any of ours. Here are a few of their stories. Our
goal is never to have to recite these stories again.
Maymie Santy, age 71, killed Nov. 20, 1993
Maymie died from two gunshot wounds to the head. Her husband shot her with
a rifle and also shot her 58 year-old sister, but she survived. He then
shot himself in the head and was in critical condition after the shooting.
He had been showing signs of depression before the shootings and had been
known to be violent, prompting his family in the past to hide his rifle.
Hazel Miller, age 75, died Feb. 5, 1993
Hazel was set on fire by her husband. He threw a flammable substance on
her and ignited it. Their home was destroyed in the blaze. The police got
there in time to witness her husband igniting the home. She was severely
burned over a large portion of her body and died two weeks after the fire.
The incident took place during a domestic dispute.
Sandra Maire Caddell, killed May 2, 1993
Sandra died from a gunshot wound to her chest. The gun was fired at close
range by her 28 year old live-in partner. She had been employed at the
Virginia Truck Stop in Stephens, Virginia.
A HEARTY THANKS:
On this, our anniversary celebration week, we wish
to thank everyone who has had anything to do with Silent Witness in the
past ten years. You are the reason that we have not only succeeded but
have gone beyond our wildest expectations.
Thanks to all of you who stepped up when no one knew about Silent Witness
and made exhibits for your state. There are more than 30 organizations
involved with Silent Witness Thanks to all of you who have carried a
Witness in an event or at a march or have planned an event Thanks to all
of you who have supported a woman or man who is in an abusive relationship
Thanks to all of you who made the great effort to come to Washington in
1997 to help tell the country about domestic violence and call for
healing. Thanks to all family members of murdered women who have gotten
involved in Silent Witness and have spoken out so eloquently about your
Thanks to all survivors, now healers who are helping to make this world a
safer place for all. Thanks to all of you who pray that healing and peace
will prevail. Thanks to all of you who have taken leadership
positions in Silent Witness and gone way beyond the call of duty in
striving to move us forward; board members, core committee members,
mentors, special project coordinators, liaisons to other organizations,
ambassadors, advisory board members, regional directors, state
coordinators, artists, poets, and musicians. Thanks to all staff, past and
present who have made the work load not only lighter, but more enjoyable;
Jane, Barb, Nancy, Judy, Kellie, Kristen, Sherri, Colleen, Sherry.
Thanks to all individuals and states who have
contributed financially to make Silent Witness a reality and who continue
to do so.NEWS FROM THE
Thanks to all those of you who send personal words of support and
encouragement to me from time to time, just to love me and keep me going.
Thanks to the founders and to the board for creating and sustaining this
initiative. Thanks to all those of you around the world who have
contacted us and want to start an initiative in your country. Thanks
to all of you who have developed Results Projects and shown that we can
actually reduce or eliminate domestic violence. Thanks to all of you who
lead other organizations with goals of reducing domestic violence and are
collaborating with Silent Witness in any way. Thanks to all of you who are
generous with your program information and go out of your way to help
others get things started, sharing resources and optimism.
Thanks to all of you who speak out against domestic violence in any way
that you can Thank you to all the Silent Witnesses for compelling us to
tell your stories Thank you to all of you angels who will not give up
until we have reached our goal of 0 by 2010.
We have all started a healing revolution. Let's multiply those efforts in
the next five years.
Diane Peterson fills us in on Arizona activities:
By the way, AZ will be having events in October.
Tying in with the Coalition and Jim Hardeman (Polaroid), who first
mentioned taking part in events in Phoenix. Just have to finalize.
Hoping to have the new exhibit ready, but if not we'll go with the old
one - one way or another, AZ will be active.
*Way to go Arizona. Keep the light strong.
Celia Heady, our coordinator in Idaho writes:
Janet: New Silent Witness displays are being built
in Blackfoot, Idaho. Now our state has 4 sets. All will be active during
the month of October. THese sets are shared by all of the programs.
*Wow, four exhibits in Idaho. That is wonderful.
Good work Celia, and company.
Jan Abbey, one of our regional coordinators tells us of Kansas plans:
The month of October is filling up fast for our
Silent Witness Exhibit. Our exhibit of 12 silhouettes will start the
month in Manhattan, KS at the Fort Riley Family Center. This event was
scheduled and will be managed by the Manhattan Business &
Professional Womenís group. The following weekend we plan to display
the exhibit at one of our largest malls, Oak Park Mall in Overland Park,
KS. SAFEHOME, one of six Kansas City domestic violence programs, will
have a Community Educator available to answer questions and distribute
information regarding domestic violence and our services. The Kansas
Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) will have the
exhibit the following week in the capitol city of Topeka, for the annual
Governor's Conference on Child Abuse. On October 27th, the exhibit will
be included in Kansas City's second annual "Rally Against Domestic
Violence". This event will include KC's Mayor and Johnson County's
District Attorney as speakers. We also have one of our program's
Executive Directors and a survivor scheduled to speak. Arrangements are
being made for as much media coverage as possible for these events. That
just about fills us up for the whole month. I'll let you know if there
are any additions or changes.
*What a full month. A lot of people will be moved by
these events in Kansas. Thanks a lot for all the effort.
This year the Initiative for Violence Free Families is sponsoring a
Spiritual Speakout for Violence-Free Families. They are offering a $1000
prize for the best sermon addressing issues related to domestic violence.
The winner is asked to speak at the First Annual "Walk the Talk"
Recognition Banquet in late October. Their brochure gives details and DV
data. If you are interested in doing a similar program please contact Lois
Gunderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
*What a great idea. This will really encourage clergy to speak out and to
be recognized for that courageous effort. Way to go Lois and Company.
Mahnaz Harrison of NCJW in Pittsburgh writes:
Hope all is well with you. We have
had a busy summer. We are honoring the Allegheny County District
Attorney on an unveiling ceremony of 20 new Witness that have been
researched over the past several months. Our unveiling event is on 9-26
*what a wonderful way to introduce new Silent
Witnesses. Be sure to let us know how it goes.
Yes, folks, Virginia now has a Silent Witness
exhibit. YES. The Zonta Society has taken on the coordination in Virginia.
Here's the message from Jo Manson announcing the opening. We've been
waiting for an exhibit in VA for a long time. I'm so grateful. And Jo may
get Italy involved. Will wonders never cease!!
I re-read your instructions about how to start a
SW program and believe we can launch this very nicely not only at our
Governor's Event in October but also at our January program. This is
very appropriate since we officially launched our Domestic Violence
initiative January 00, we can launch our SW portion of our initiative in
Thanks so very much for all your help. I am off to Italy for my
anniversary trip and will be meeting some Zontians in Venice also. I
fully intend to explain what we have done with our programs and can't
wait to share the information about SW. Again, thanks so much for
allowing us to be a part of this very important program.
*No, thank you for being part of this exciting and
important program. We welcome you with open arms.NEWS FROM WORLDWIDE
Silent Witness Products for October events:
A reminder that we have products for you to use this fall. We have tee
shirts that have hearts on them that say Refuse To Abuse. We have buttons
on special at $.30 a piece with the original SW logo on them. And we have
beautiful flowered journals with matching stationery that makes great
gifts for people that have done a good job on October events for you. We
have cut the costs of the set to $5.00 each. Don't forget the SW national
anthem on CD for $17.95, Refuse to Abuse buttons are $.60 a piece and the
SW video is $10. Now is a good time to shop for these things. Email
me or call to order 612-623-0999. Add shipping to all costs.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES PLUS STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING: PLEASE NOTE
Rhode Island 2-Day Training Program for Perpetrators: Newport, RI,
The Rhode Island SW Program is sponsoring Dr. Steven Stosny and the
Compassion Based Treatment model that is so successful with perpetrators.
Dr. Stosny will be featured on both 20/20 and 48 Hours this fall. Cost:
$50 Contact: Nancy Rafi, email@example.com
Steering Committee Meeting: Helena, Montana, Oct. 24-25.
We will highlight the Owning Up Program for adolescents, presented by
We will also summarize the successful therapy programs for Survivors,
presented by Rosemary Boerboom. This is a great way to get two program
ideas that can change your state. cost: $40 Contact: Judy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
to hold a spot.
Accommodations are either at the Holiday Inn in downtown Helena (where the
steering committee will be held) $65 single $71 double. Prices held until
October 1. Tell them you are with Silent Witness. Or you can stay a few
miles away at the Jorgenson's Holiday Motel for $45. Call the hotels
directly for reservations. Jorgenson's number is 406-442-1770 and Holiday
Inn is is 406-443-2200. The Steering Committee starts on Oct. 24 for
dinner. We have reservations at the Holiday Inn dining room for 5:30. See
you there. Your check to Silent Witness for $40 is your reservation for
the steering committee meeting. Mail to 20 Second St. Suite 1101 Mpls, MN
55405. Come to the steering committee meeting and stay for the training.
Montana Training Program for Treating Perpetrators: Helena, Montana, Oct.
Montana SW program is presenting a new and exciting treatment program for
perpetrators called "Self Mastery" lead by Rosemary Boerboom, a
psychologist, a Silent Witness Treatment mentor and an expert in
successful perpetrator programs. See paragraph above for accommodations.
Cost: $60 if you reserve a spot by October 15, $70 after that. Training
will be held at the Law Enforcement Acadeny. Directions will be sent or
emailed to you. Contact: Jerri Miller email@example.com
NEW STATES ON BOARD FOR OCTOBER SILENT WITNESS EVENTS:
These 22 states/countries have announced plans for SW activities in
October: Alaska, Arizona, Cayman Islands, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida,
Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Rhode Island, Wyoming. That makes 19 states. We just have 31 to go. Let's
move forward on this together. Please let us know if your state is
planning a Silent Witness presence at events in October. We need 29 more
states to meet our national goal.
We are thrilled to announce that there are now 207 Results Projects
operating in the US as far as we know. That is up 33% in just a year. Here
is the breakdown: Owning Up 44, Court Watch 47, Stosny Treatment 40, Data
Collection 49, Coordinated Community Response 19, DART 3, Mississippi
Model 4, Taos Model 2. Way to go. We should start seeing results from
these programs pretty soon. Let's multiply these programs world wide. They
really work. Detail on each is on our web site www.silentwitness.net.
Cue is on the home page under Results Projects.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ISSUES CRIME REPORTS FOR 1999:
The DOJ crime report stated that the overall rate of decrease of all
violent crime last year was 10.4%. This is really good news. We all need
to celebrate this. Unfortunately, the rates for rape and for sexual
assault were both up more than 20%. That is not good news.
I leave you today with a quote from John Ruskin that says it all:
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but
what they become by it.
Well, you all with have high rewards because you have become angels.