Tuesday, April 27, 2010

2010 Take Back the Night for TurnAround, Inc.

So excited to meet and introduce the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at TurnAround, Inc.'s Take Back the Night!! This has been the BEST awareness month ever... :D 
College Students help decorate a "Puzzle Piece for Prevention" at the 2010 Take Back the Night for TurnAround, Inc.
I had the honor of introducing Rod J. Rosenstein, the United States Attorney General in the district of Maryland, who oversees federal civil and criminal litigation and develops and implements federal law enforcement strategies in Maryland. He also continues personally to litigate cases in the U.S. District Court and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 
The goals that Mr. Rosenstein pursues as U.S. Attorney are to secure the safety and improve the quality of life of our citizens; safeguard government money and property; build public confidence in law enforcement and the judicial system; and seek justice in each case. His law enforcement priorities include terrorism, violent crime and gangs, illegal drugs, child exploitation, civil rights violations, fraud and corruption. 
I, again, had the honor of introducing Baltimore’s 49th mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake! 
I was so nervous with her standing right behind me... LOL! 
I was ELATED to hear the mayor publicly speak out against sexual assault! I was also glad that she mentioned that this issue is not talked about enough in Baltimore, Maryland and nationwide--thank you, Mayor, for saying what the "little" people have been sharing!! :D 
The mayor proclaims April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and presents TurnAround, Inc. with the proclomation!
The news crews were on it and we watched with excitement and anticipation! 

Beginning the Open Mic session of the program--an opportunity for survivors in the audience to speak out or share their personal stories.

We had more survivors this year than I have seen in previous years--they just kept coming and coming. I was saddened to see so many teen girls step forward to share, as they should not have these horrific events replaying in their minds. However, I am glad that they now know they are not alone and that they have support...

"Puzzle Pieces for Prevention" created by the Queendom T.E.A. Diamond Doves displayed in City Hall.

"Puzzle Pieces for Prevention" created by other survivors, victims and supporters, displayed in City Hall. 
 My 2009 "Puzzle Piece for Prevention", displayed in City Hall. 
My 2008 "Puzzle Pieces for Prevention", displayed in City Hall. 

1 comment:

  1. Michelle GoodlinMay 01, 2010

    Hey girl! How are you? You look amazing! Looks like you have done well for yourself. I always knew you would. I also knew you would be using your life to help others lives. Great Job and Keep up the good work. I know people probably tell you that all the time. I thought you should hear it from a friend you haven't seen in a while. ttyl


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