Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell. Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray. Christina and Maya Kharem. Executive Director of Hope’s Door, CarlLa Horton speak at One Billion Rising VDay Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow 2019 at Patriots Park.
In honor of Yvette and to stop violence against all women and girls….
One Billion Rising VDAY Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow 2019
-Thank you for joining us for One Billion Rising 2019!! Thank you for all those who braved the snow. As you know violence against women and girls doesn’t stop during inclement weather and neither shall we!
-We had a great success in raising over $42,000 with our February 13th sold out VDAY Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow 2019 production of The Vagina Monologues performed at our very own beloved Tarrytown Music Hall. Our team dedicated this years production of the Vagina Monologues and are dedicating this years One Billion Rising call to action campaign to My sister Yvette and to all women and girls who are and have been raped, emotionally and physically abused, and/or murdered in a domestic relationship.
-Yvette wrote about the horrific physical, emotional and sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband. Yvette meticulously kept diaries, letters, court records, appointment books, Text messages, Facebook messenger and told family members and friends about the abuse she endured before leaving. Over the many times she would leave, he threatened to destroy her, her children and our mother. He would put GPS in her phone and her car, stalk her and hunt her down. His threats against her children and our mother is one of the reasons Yvette would go back to him until she finally left him for good to move in with our mother and two of her sons over 2 years ago. Because of the abuse, Yvette lived with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and relieved her abuse over and over. She would wake up with night terrors and lived in constant fear. Even though my sister had escaped her abuser, she was taken from us on May 3rd 2018. Yvette leaves behind her mother, 6 children, 3 grandchildren and one grandson Mason who is due to be born in two weeks. Yvette leaves behind brothers and sisters. Yvette leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Yvette leaves behind many cousins and a lot of family members and friends who love her and who are grieving for her.
-We have united in our grief to make sure that, even in her death, Yvette’s voice is even louder and stronger than ever. It is our hope that Yvette’s story will save other women and children from being sexually, psychologically, and physically abused or killed.-After Yvette fled the abuse, she wrote : “The world has to change and not accept any abuse of any women or child. No more stops right now. Pass it on so It will become one of the toughest laws. Pray for everyone to be strong and laws to change and keep their faith. The world is a great place. Need to reach everyone in the world for all the abuse to stop. Thank you for passing it on. No more abuse not one more… One billion raising our voices. Pass it on so we can make abuse stop now.”-So Yes Yvette, We are here and we are rising up for you and the One billion women and girls. We rise to stop all violence against all women and girls. If you or a loved one is in an abusive relationship please know that you are not alone. Please know that YOU MATTER!!! Please know that there is a safe way out! There are programs and people that can help you!
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