Community Members Participating in Violence Awareness


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Contact: Diann Diaz

Community Members Participating in Violence Awareness
Empowering communities to make a difference

Columbus, Ohio – May 13, 2011–Locals in Franklin County are welcome to participate in a violence awareness event in recognition of survivors of abuse on May 21, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. outside the Franklin County Courthouse at 373 S. High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

This event is organized by Don’t Sweep It – Speak IT, a national effort started by two victim advocates. The community will have an opportunity to access resources provided by local agencies, to learn how to report abuse, and to speak amongst survivors. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office will be amongst those in attendance with information available to the public.

Diann Diaz, co-organizer for the event, said, “We are raising awareness for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Our desire is for communities to understand sweeping abuse issues under the rug may prevent the healing process and re-victimize everyone involved. Not speaking about abuse issues unfortunately strengthens perpetrators abilities to commit crimes repeatedly. We do not ask for money. We ask for unity within the community.”

Co-Organizer, Joanna Doane, also said, “Healing for many survivors of abuse too often begins with what they must tell themselves in an effort to counter all that society tells them. Healing should not be a process of learning to heal despite not being believed, or being treated insensitively, or being forced into silence. That is what we’re working to change.”

If you are an area organization and would like to provide information on May 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., please contact organizers at

To learn more about Don’t Sweep It – Speak IT visit their website at