Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Statewide rallies on Wednesday focus on domestic violence March 26, 2019

Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women graphic.

 

FROM GRANITE FALLS on the western edge of Minnesota to Rochester in the southeastern corner. From up north in Bemidji to down south in Mankato. From central Minnesota to the State Capitol. Folks will gather Wednesday at various locations around the state to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Whether you’re from a rural area or a metro area, or some place in between, you ought to care. Domestic violence knows no geographical boundaries, no age limits, no financial status, no occupation, no ethnicity, no anything. It’s prevalent everywhere. It can, and does, happen to anyone.

Your daughter. Your sister. Your friend. Your co-worker. Your neighbor. Your fill in the blank. Maybe you.

While Minnesotans gather in communities large and small, they will also rally collectively in the State Capitol Rotunda from 11 a.m. – noon on Wednesday. They are the voices of survivors. They are the voices of those who help, who encourage, who raise awareness, who empower. They are advocates and community leaders. They are ordinary people. They are, together, a powerful voice. They are us.

Those who gather will also push for legislation that will provide funding for a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program. Such legislation would provide grant monies to nonprofits “for the purpose of funding programs that incorporate community-driven and culturally relevant practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.”

If you’re like me, you probably won’t participate in a rally. But you can, on a personal level, make a difference. Educate yourself. Choose to believe victims and survivors. Stop the blaming. Support, love, encourage. Give financially to a local advocacy group that helps those affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Refuse to look the other way. Refuse to give up. Refuse to remain silent. Speak up. Wherever you live.

FYI: Click here for details on Minnesota communities planning rallies on Wednesday, March 27.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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12 Responses to “Statewide rallies on Wednesday focus on domestic violence”

  1. A group of us were talking the other day about a new version of domestic violence. We all know a wife that is caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s that due to memory loss and confusion have been physically attacked by their spouses. These wives are figuring out how to deal with this and usually after a very strong incident have to make the decision to take the spouse out of the home and place them in a facility. Alzheimer’s can be isolating as is and then you add in the various stages of the unknown. My take away is to listen and support and open the lines of communication for any one dealing with abuse, mental illness, etc. Take away the stigma and that seeking help is okay. Thanks for sharing and advocating my friend! Enjoy your day.

    • Thanks for bringing up that example of violence as it relates sometimes to Alzheimer’s. How difficult that must be. But you’re right in that a placement decision must be made that protects all involved.

      I fully agree with your comment about removing the stigma and helping.

  2. “Refuse to remain silent” thank you for continuing to spread awareness

  3. Susan Ready Says:

    Thanks for continuing to raise domestic awareness through your blog postings and providing alternative ways to use your voice if can’t attend.

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    While heading to Owatonna to watch our grand-daughter’s play, we happened upon a police scene just north of Blooming Prairie. There was only one squad there at the time and we spotted a pink blanket in the ditch and speculated on what the case might be. As we drove north, squad after squad came flying down Hwy 218 toward Blooming Prairie. Whatever it was it was a big deal.

    It soon came to light that after murdering his wife, a father murdered his two year old daughter and tossed her body into a ditch.

    What can one say about something like that?

  5. Valerie Says:

    Thanks for your continued postings on this difficult subject, which needs to be addressed and have attention brought to it.

  6. On Wednesday, I will pray for the victims of domestic violence and for those who speak-up as “voices of survival” Thank you for the reminder, we can never be reminded enough!!!


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