Topekans Stand Up For Domestic Violence Intervention

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence says that one out of four women will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime.

Wednesday nights Bystander Intervention gave attendees a chance to feel more confident when they or someone they know is faced with such adversity.

Attendee Ginger Park said, " I definitely feel empowered. It's important to stand up and help out when that situation arises and not just let it happen."

Speakers at the event noted just how difficult it is to step in and intervene, but a variety of strategies could make it easier.

YWCA employee Laura Blount said, "Each person is more comfortable approaching the matter in a different way. The most important thing is to do something. Do something about the situation and don't just sit there and say everything is ok when it's not."

Encouraging people to be the one wasn't only limited to a female audience. t is just as important for men to stand up and take part in the movement as well.

Dennis Etzel, speaker at tonights event said, "As a man, it is the right thing to do. It is important to stand up for women or men whenever we see that someone is in a situation where there is going to be violence involved,"

The YWCA's week of events concludes Friday with the 19th Annual March To End Domestic Violence. It starts at noon at the statehouse.


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