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What it Means to be Aware

This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and me, along with everybody else at A Woman’s Place, whether it be staff members or fellow volunteers, consider this special month a time to raise awareness in our community and, more importantly, to be aware ourselves. Awareness is something that everyone has within them, but not…
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The Importance of Educating Teens

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which calls for action in educating teens and adolescents on what healthy relationships are, as well as how to recognize and react to unhealthy relationships. According to a 2011 CDC nationwide survey, it was found that 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced rape, physical…
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Be Mine

It snows often in Happy Valley.  Rarely enough to amount to anything, but just enough to look pretty (and, sometimes, be annoying).  My sophomore year at Penn State, however, St. Valentine gave us work-weary students a blessed gift: the one and only snow day I can remember during my four years of undergrad.  Yes, classes…
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Healthy vs. Unhealthy

Social media can be a very harmful place when it comes to controversial videos. One video in particular shows an 18 year-old girl, Romina Garcia, saying, ”If your boyfriend hits you or beats you up, stay with him. He loves you, because he’s risking for you to press charges on him, calling the police —…
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Free Being Me

A wall of teal green vests and colorful badges stands firm in the center of the room. It is formed by a group of girl scouts who are linked arm and arm. Moments ago, these girls were complete strangers. Within minutes they have become a unified bunch, discovering that in some way they are ALL connected….
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Pinwheels

I remember my childlike amusement with this neon green pinwheel that my mom bought for me one summer. Opening up my window, I would watch it spin through endless flickering revolutions. I called it my wind meter, a tool I used to watch the breeze. My brilliant, six-year-old-self thought I had discovered how to see…
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My Decision

It all started with my decision not to join the military. I wanted to serve people but do so in other ways. In a random google search, I typed in “suicide hotline volunteer.” An online application eventually led to an interview. Soon after, I began training as a crisis/suicide hotline volunteer. My training covered a…
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It’s a Race!

On Saturday, October 11th we will Race. It is our 5th annual Race to Empower. The race is held in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) to do just that… raise awareness, but also to give the community an opportunity to help us raise funds for the much needed services and programs we provide, that…
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What Would You Do?

It’s the $5.8 billion question. You can read the graphic. Every year the cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion. Domestic violence is costing us, as a community, more than $5.8 billion per year. Have I said it enough? What a waste! It begs the question, though. What would you do with $5.8 billion?…
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100% Success – What Could It Look Like?

The following is a transcript of remarks delivered at the 2014 Annual Breakfast & Community Recognition Ceremony on May 22, 2014. So…this is my second Annual Breakfast as executive director at A Woman’s Place. Since we were last gathered together here.. I turned 40, I went tubing for the first time, I hiked Top Rock…
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