Fort Wayne rises to end violence against women and girls

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Fort Wayne, Ind  (WANE) – It’s a global movement, one that hundreds of people in Fort Wayne support.  It’s called One Billion Rising.  It’s a number that’s hard to imagine but represents the statistic that one in three women or girls will be raped or abused during their life, and given the current estimated world population of seven billion people, adds up to more than one billion women.  That sobering thought notwithstanding, the Fort Wayne One Billion Rising event is one that reflects a high energy, positive and powerful vibe that change is possible, and healing is available.

In this the third year that Fort Wayne has risen it will move inside to the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field.  It will include a short program, including a talk by WANE-TV/NewsChannel 15 First News and Noon Anchor Terra Brantley, and will conclude with a group dance called Break the Chain. Those who wish to learn choreographed dance moves can do so through video lessons online. Just visit this link to access the tutorials.

The program will begin at 1p.m. and conclude at approximately 2:30p.m. on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Five charity partners will provide education at the event about how they help women and men, children and seniors become survivors in the wake of violence and abuse. These include the YWCA of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Center for Nonviolence, Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, Inc., Crime Victim Care of Allen County and the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center.

The event is free, but proceeds from donations (suggested $3 per person) will be split equally among the charity partners.  For more information, visit OneBillionRisingFW.com.

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