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Steps for Change

By Diane Gubatayao


October 13, 2015
Tuesday AM

October is both Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. In some respects the two are related as they both involve interpersonal violence. Two years ago, we learned from the UA Justice Center Victimization survey that 50% of women in Ketchikan report being the victim of domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. That’s one out of two; perhaps your friend, your neighbor, your relative, your co-worker, or perhaps you. And we also know from youth surveys that bullying is a serious issue for our students.

This coming Friday, October 16th, beginning at 5 pm, the Promoting Respectful Relationships task force of the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, comprised of multiple agencies and individuals, will be hosting STEPS FOR CHANGE at the Gateway Recreation Center. STEPS FOR CHANGE highlights the fact that on average it takes eight attempts for an individual to leave a DV situation. STEPS FOR CHANGE also symbolizes that it takes all of us working together to create a healthier community where DV, SA and bullying are simply not acceptable. The power is in each of us to make a difference. Walk with us in solidarity this Friday. Let’s demonstrate our support for courageous survivors while vowing to help prevent future victims.

Diane Gubatayao
Ketchikan, Alaska


Received October 11, 2015 - Published October 13, 2015



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