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New Canaan Rams rise to cause

Published 11:14 am, Sunday, February 24, 2013
  • Members of the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership were at New Canaan High School on Valentine's Day to promote awareness of the One Billion Rising Campaign, which demands an end to violence against women and girls. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Members of the New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership were at New Canaan High School on Valentine's Day to promote awareness of the One Billion Rising Campaign, which demands an end to violence against women and girls. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education are participating in One Billion Rising, a worldwide campaign asking individuals and groups to rise up, dance and demand an end to violence against women and girls.

The New Canaan Domestic Violence Partnership was active at New Canaan High School on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, promoting awareness of the international event. It helped organize an information booth at lunchtime, when students obtained materials about dating violence and domestic abuse, signed posters in support of the cause and left with stickers proclaiming "I rose today ... 2/14/13." Students also participated by rising at their tables during lunch.

Jackie D'Louhy, assistant director of youth services at the town Department of Human Services, said, "The students are always willing to support a good cause. Some even were supporting people they know and love."

D'Louhy said more than 150 students signed the posters.

The partnership was joined by New Canaan Youth Services, NCHS students and staff, New Canaan Police Department and the Outback Teen Center.

For information, visit www.dvccct.org/obr. For help with domestic abuse or dating violence, call the DVCC hotline at 888-774-2900 or New Canaan Department of Human Services at 203-594-3081.