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Happy Mother’s Day from Tahoe Women’s Services

Jesi Steward
Tahoe Women's Services Volunteer

NORTH LAKE TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Mother’s Day was May 9. Hopefully, as a mother, you were lavished with gifts, services, love and attention. Maybe for that one day you were cherished. Or maybe, it was just a heightened awareness of your worth by your loved ones, because they show you kindness and respect and appreciation every day. Or maybe and#8230; it was another day of abuse.

Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. But not everyone is. Every nine seconds a woman is physically abused. One in four girls is sexually assaulted before she turns 18 and#8212; and one in six boys.

The statistics are staggering. But statistics are cold and clinical. Our neighbors, kids, friends and#8212; mothers and#8212; being physically beaten or emotionally abused is real. We often feel as powerless as the victim and#8212; we don’t know how to help. We are afraid. We don’t want to interfere or make matters worse. How can we help those who need help?

Call Tahoe Women’s Services at our 24-hour help line at (800) 736and#8211;1060 or come into any of our three offices and#8212; Truckee, Incline Village and Kings Beach. You will be treated with the kindness and respect you deserve and#8212; all the time and#8212; not just on Mother’s Day. And not just if you’re a mother! Twenty-two percent of our clients last year were men.

This past year alone TWS served 798 clients: friends, family, sisters, brothers and mothers within our community. There were 69 sexual assault victims, 466 domestic violence victims and 263 other forms of victimization. In our own back yard.

It is the mission of Tahoe Women’s Services to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. We’re doing that! We’re here. We’re helping. TWS is providing emergency shelter and housing, legal services and counseling. We’re providing community and school prevention programs, support groups and peer counseling.

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We are here to help. Providing a safe and trusting environment to help begin the healing process so young and old, rich and not rich, mom or dad, sister or brother, can learn to empower and protect themselves is not just a dream, but a passion. And it’s confidential. Everything you say here, stays here. And you can say anything here, without embarrassment or shame, in any language. In addition to Spanish-speaking employees/counselors, we’re also equipped to translate any language.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual or child abuse ,or fear for someone else please come to one of our offices or call us. Everyone deserves to be cherished. Every day.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun via e-mail to aedgett@sierrasun.com

Kings Beach, Placer County , 8520 Brook Avenue, (530) 546-7804

Truckee, Nevada County, 12257 Business Park Drive, Unit 6, (530) 582-9117

Incline Village, Washoe County, 948 Incline Way, (775) 298-0010, prevention: (775) 298-0167

E-mail tws@tahewomenservices.org