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Nonprofit profile: Tahoe Women’s Serivces

There is no doubt the current financial climate is affecting every family. Job loss, cuts in work hours, increases in expenses such as groceries, gas, electric have created increased stress on a families. As stress builds so does the risk of child abuse and neglect. Many parents are trying their very best to juggle work, marriage, finances, housekeeping, friendships and children. These pressures can build up making any parent vulnerable to lashing out at their children.

So what can you, a parent, do to keep your family safe in these stressful times?

1. Reach out for help! Seek out help in your community at a local church, neighbors, friends, schools, a Family Resource Center or Tahoe Women’s Services.

2. Take care of yourself. Take simple and easy steps to maintain your physical and mental health. It can be as easy as lighting a candle, reading a book, a short walk or stretching and deep breathing. A parent who is healthy and at least relatively happy is better equipped to deal with daily stress in a positive way.

3. Decompress before you get home from work. Stress at work can take a toll on you. Try different strategies to leave stress at work.

4. Discipline your children thoughtfully. Never discipline your child when you are upset. Give your self time to calm down. Remember physical punishment may create long lasting trauma. Words do, too.

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5. Use firm, clear communication with your children. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be consistent and follow through with your word.

6. Educate yourself and others. Parenting classes, parent support groups, and parent leadership opportunities are available right here in our community.

7. Spend nurturing time with your children. Express your love and compassion frequently.

A History of Take Back the Night

The origins of Take Back the Nigh have been disputed for years. However, we do know that protests about women’s nightly safety originated in Europe. The marches came stateside in 1978 when protesters in San Francisco invoked the Take Back the Night slogan following an anti-pornography conference. On that night, those who had been adversely affected by pornography openly shared their stories with those who had gathered. Today, survivor speak outs are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night. Most present-day rallies offer survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences and publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor. Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches and survivor testimonials. Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including violence against women, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.

The Right to Take Back the Night

Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Wild Cherries in Truckee

Do you know…?

One in every four girls and one in every six boys will be sexually assault before they turn 18? Take Back the Night!

Four in 10 rapes happen in the victims own home? Take Back the Night!

That means most victims know their rapist (boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, friend, acquaintance, co-worker…) Take Back the Night!

One in four teens are in relationships with partners who are verbally abusive, jealous, and controlling? Take Back the Night!

One in three teens know a friend who has been physically abused by their partner? Take Back the Night!

Yet, less than 25 percent of teens talk to parents or adults about their relationships? Take Back the Night!

That means our youth are learning and practicing unhealthy dating habits, with no one telling them otherwise. Take Back the Night!

Join the Tahoe Women’s Services’ march for Sexual Assault Awareness on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. starting at Wild Cherries cafe in Truckee. The TWS Take Back the Night March is our way of supporting survivors, reducing the stigma for victims, and showing our community we know and care about these issues. Help us create a community of awareness on the North Shore!

Need a ride? This year TWS staff are helping you organize carpooling for those in Incline, Kings Beach and Tahoe City.

From Incline? Contact Erin Everett at (775) 298-0182.

From Kings Beach or Tahoe City? Call the Prevention Program at 587-2787. We’ll help you get organized! Take Back the Night! Shine the light and show you’re might! We all have the Right So, Take Back the Night!

Join TWS and the Family Resource Center of Truckee in strengthening families with a Family Fun Night on April 24th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sierra Mountain Education Center. Dinner and games will be provided. If you would like further information on child abuse prevention resources in our community, please call Tahoe Women’s Services at (800) 736-1060.

The cast for “My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker” the upcoming play for Tahoe Women’s Services will include 16 men and women from the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. Cast members are: Gigi Abrahamson, Alicia Bissinger, David Brown, Rebecca Dixon, Sarah Doyle, Annie Flanzraich, Linden McCoy, Pam McDonough, Annette Means, Kari Michael, Jeremiah Nelson, Lynne Perry, Casey Richardson, April Ruggeiro, and Truckee Chief of Police Nick Sensley. All cast members are volunteering with Tahoe Women’s Services to create a theatrical performance that tackles hard to talk about topics with drama and humor. Inner Rhythms dance group has prepared a variety of dance pieces to be performed.

“My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker” will be held at 7 p.m. May 1, the North Lake Tahoe High School. Tickets can be purchased online: $15 general

admission and $10 for students. Visit http://www.tahoewomenservices.org.