Union Democrat staff

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To the Editor:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The words domestic violence often conjures up images of women who are beaten, bloody, hurt and left for dead. However, domestic violence is not an event but rather a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by a person against another to gain power and control in that relationship.

You might ask: Why should I care?

The next time you are in a room with six people think about this: one in four women experience violence from their partners in their lifetime. Each year one in three teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in six men are sexually abused before the age of 18.

These are not only numbers: They're our mothers, fathers, girlfriends, boyfriends, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers and friends. They're the person you confide in most at work, the guy you play basketball with, the person you sit next to at church, your poker buddy, your teenager's best friend - or perhaps your partner.

From July 2012 to June 2013 The Center For A Non Violent Community provided services to 329 victims of domestic violence.

It is time for our community to come together and build awareness and a movement towards safe and healthy relationships for all individuals and families. Domestic violence touches every person in our community and society as a whole; and violates a person's dignity, safety, and basic human rights.

The Center For A Non Violent Community is the local domestic violence agency serving Tuolumne County; you can speak to someone 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 533-3401.

Break the silence. Stand up as a champion for survivors and join the movement for a safer and healthier community.

You can make a difference!

Mercedes G. Tune

Outreach Coordinator

Center For A Non Violent Community


Inmates' Rim Fire efforts appreciated

To the Editor:

As the smoke has all but settled and the thank-yous have been said to all the agencies and clubs and people who helped fight the Yosemite Rim Fire and serve all the evacuees and animals, I would like to give a personal thank you and God bless you to the prison inmates who also risked their lives to help save peoples homes.

You are appreciated and matter too. May the help you need come back to you.

May Jean Vicars