Tahoe Safe Alliance hosts speaker Paul Kivel | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Safe Alliance hosts speaker Paul Kivel

Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which has been celebrated nationally since 1989. Tahoe SAFE Allianceand#8217;s participation in DVAM hopes to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence in the community and remind community members preventing and ending domestic violence is everyoneand#8217;s responsibility. They hope to engage men and women, mothers and fathers, schools, community partners and young men and boys in this important work. In a presidential proclamation issued this month, President Obama stated, and#8220;We are asking everyone to play an active role in preventing and ending domestic violence, by stepping up to stop violence when they see it. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit to making sure that no one suffers alone, and to assisting those who need help in reaching a safer tomorrow.and#8221;

Tahoe SAFE Alliance (formerly Tahoe Womenand#8217;s Services) has celebrated DVAM in many ways over the years, engaging in ribbon campaigns, submitting editorials and hosting several successful and#8220;Walk a Mile in Her Shoesand#8221; events in the hopes of raising public awareness on this issue. Recently, in an effort to provide professionals and community members with the skills to engage men and boys in conversations about working toward leading non-violent lives, Tahoe SAFE Alliance was honored to host social justice educator, activist and author Paul Kivel for two interactive violence prevention workshops to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Kivel has been a leader in violence prevention for more than 27 years. He is the author of many acclaimed books including the groundbreaking and#8220;Menand#8217;s Workand#8221; and and#8220;Boys Will Be Menand#8221; and is the cofounder of Oakland Menand#8217;s Project. Tahoe SAFE Alliance looks forward to using lessons and strategies gleaned from the workshops to engage boys, girls, young men and young women alike through school presentations and especially Youth Empowerment Groups, to discuss issues such as self-esteem, fostering healthy relationships, safe dating, and getting help for anyone who may be struggling with violence in their lives.

Learn more about working to prevent and end domestic violence at http://www.paulkivel.com and http://www.tahoesafealliance.org. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Tahoe SAFE Alliance please contact Hayley Adamski at hayley@tahoesafealliance.org.

For more information, call 775-298-0010.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com