FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Retha Fielding, TCFV Nichole Tips, TAASA
Texas Council on Family Violence and Texas Association against Sexual Assault
To Participate in Capitol Day March
Austin, Texas--February 9, 2009--The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) and Texas Association against Sexual Assault (TAASA) announced plans for their 2009 Capitol Day March against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on Wednesday, February 11. Participants will gather at the United Methodist Church Annex located at 1300 Lavaca Street. The march to the State Capitol will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a press conference on the steps of the Capitol featuring State Representative Ellen Cohen, State Representative Elliott Naishtat and TCFV and TAASA representatives.
Capitol Day marchers will include representatives from domestic violence and rape crisis programs from across the state and be joined by members of the business, education, law enforcement, legal and the faith community. Torie Camp, Deputy Director of TAASA, stated, “Eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault requires a community-wide response. It is unacceptable that one in five women and one in twenty men are victims of sexual assault every year in Texas. Sexual assault and domestic violence must be viewed as community safety issues.”
In meetings with state representatives and senators, participants will urge elected officials to support full funding for community-wide responses to domestic violence and sexual assault. Aaron Setliff, Policy Director for TCFV, commented, “We are pleased to join our colleagues at TAASA in focusing attention on the seriousness of domestic violence and sexual assault. With over 180,000 domestic violence incidents reported in 2007, it is an absolute moral imperative we prevent and eliminate these serious crimes. Acknowledging domestic violence and sexual assault as public safety issues and encouraging a community-wide solution will significantly enhance efforts to create, nurture and foster loving, violence free families.”
Individuals interested in participating in the march or obtaining more information may contact TCFV at 512.794.1133/ www.tcfv.org or TAASA at 512.474.7190/ www.taasa.org .
The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV), formed in 1978, is one of the largest domestic violence coalitions in the nation. TCFV promotes safe and healthy relationships by supporting service providers, facilitating strategic prevention efforts, and creating opportunities for freedom from domestic violence.
The Texas Association against Sexual Assault, founded in 1982, is a statewide nonprofit educational and advocacy organization committed to eliminating sexual violence in Texas. TAASA member agencies comprise a network of over 80 rural and metropolitan crisis centers.