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Tribe sets event for STOP Violence Against Women Day


The Coeur d’ Alene Tribe’s STOP Violence Program will host speakers and workshops for Stop Violence Against Women Day from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Casino Event Center in Worley, Idaho.

 The opportunity to learn more about domestic violence and how to prevent it includes a Women’s Health and Resource Fair, offered with the Idaho Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, said event chair Charity Doyl. 

In March 2013, President Barack Obama signed the reauthorization of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act into law, expanding the earlier law to cover same sex couples, immigrants, Native Americans and sex-trafficking victims. 

 Deborah Parker, vice president of the Tulalip Tribe in Washington and a leading supporter of the act, will provide the evening keynote address.  Deborah, who has a bachelor’s degree in American ethnic studies and sociology from the University of Washington, has also been director of the Residential Healing School of the Tseil-Waututh Nation in Canada, and in the Treaty Taskforce Office of the Lummi Nation.

In a luncheon address, Christina Crawford, author of Mommie Dearest, an autobiographical account of alleged child abuse by her adoptive mother, actress Joan Crawford, will address the long-term effects of abuse and solutions to break the cycle of violence.

Seminar speakers include:

• Sarah Foley of the YWCA-Spokane Alternatives to Domestic Violence program, will discuss re-thinking traditional understandings of domestic violence related to LGBTQ communities and issues when seeking services.

• Mabel Elsom, the anti-human trafficking coordinator at Lutheran Community Services and part the Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network, will discuss human trafficking issues.

• Melanie Warner, owner of Hand to Hand Combat Martial Arts in Post Falls, will give easy-to-learn and remember self-defense techniques.

• Molly Nota of the Idaho Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will report on Idaho, which ranks among the worst in the nation for breast cancer screening.

 Bernie LaSarte of the Coeur d’ Alene Tribe’s STOP Violence Program, said proceeds will benefit that program, which provides victim  and court advocacy, emergency shelter, victim counseling, resource referrals, emergency room advocacy, technical assistance, outreach, community education and a Domestic Violence Offender Intervention Program.  It respects cultural beliefs.

Nonprofits with programs serving women and children, and interested businesses will have displays.

For information on the event, call 509-928-9664 or email  For information on the STOP Violence program call 208-686-0601.

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