Oct 21 ~ Charlotte View: "Behind Closed Doors" City-wide conversation on Domestic Violence 10/21 by Charlotte View Internet Radio | Women Podcasts

Oct 21 ~ Charlotte View: "Behind Closed Doors" City-wide conversation on Domestic Violence 10/21 by Charlotte View Internet Radio | Women Podcasts

 Showtime: Monday, October 21, at NOON (EDT)
Category: Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Call in Number: (805) 830-8344
Duration: up to 60 minutes
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Opening Song: "Rannon's Call" by Reginald Wade
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Description: Charlotte View is joining the efforts of many organizations in Charlotte, NC and surrounding counties to bring awareness to Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Many events have been done to bring help to those members of a family that have lost any sense of protection within their homes. For a list and contact information for all in the conversation go here

The crime of domestic violence violates an individual’s privacy and dignity, security and humanity, due to systematic use of physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and economic abuse in order to exert power and control.

During this city-wide conversation (805) 830-8344 we will:

  • Counseling and support groups for abuse victims and their families
  • Talk about the signs you should be looking out to determine if you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship
  • Listen to the stories of battered women who are brave to share their stories in an effort to reach others who feel lost and alone
  • Domestic Violence Shelters in the area and how they keep you safe from the aggressor
  • What are the statistics of Domestic Violence in our state, City and Counties
  • 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines in Charlotte
Myths and Truths:

1. Battering is rare: Battering is extremely common. 1/3 to 1/2 of all women in the United States will be assaulted by their intimate partner at some time in their life.
2. Domestic violence occurs only in low income, poorly educated families: This behavior crosses all socio/economic, racial and religious lines. Doctors, Ministers, Psychologists, Police officers, Judges and other professionals have battered their wives.
3. Women are just as violent as men: There are rare cases where a woman batters a man, and battering occurs in homosexual relationships also, but in the greatest majority (around 95%) of cases it is a man battering a woman.
4. All members of the family must change for the violence to stop. Only the perpetrator has the ability to stop the violence. Battering is a behavioral choice. Many women who are battered make
numerous attempts to change their behavior in the hope that this will end the abuse. This does not work.
5. Domestic violence is usually a one-time event, an isolated incident: Battering is a pattern. Once violence begins in a relationship it almost always escalates both in frequency and severity.
6. Battered Women choose to stay in the violent relationship: Many battered women leave their abusers permanently, and despite many obstacles, succeed in building a life free of violence. Almost all battered women leave at least once. The perpetrator dramatically escalates his violence and coercive
tactics when she leaves (or tries to).
  • 50 to 75% of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.
  • A woman is at a 75% greater risk of being killed or injured when attempting to leave.
  • Every month, more than 50,000 women in the United States seek a restraining/protective order.
  • There are 3 times more animal shelters than safe houses for victims in this Country.
7. Men who batter are often good fathers and should have joint custody: Of the men who batter their female partner, 70% sexually or physically abuse their children. More than 3 million children every year witness domestic violence and this causes as much psychological damage as though they were
assaulted themselves.

ON THIS  CALL:


Mike Sexton is a Prevention and Public Awareness Specialist addressing violence against women. He has worked with the domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking communities for the past 11 ½ years for the Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women’s Commission Domestic Violence programs Government in Charlotte, NC, USA. Mike also orchestrates special events, conferences and trainings for the community at large.
Mike coordinates all Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau (DVSB) requests for trainings and health fairs using a pool of more than 80 volunteers. He has conducted more than 200 community outreach presentations within the past year, as well as facilitating a number of events reaching over 70,000 participants in the last 4 years.
Mike has traveled with the U.S. State Department as a Delegate for the 2013 Legislative Fellows
Program to Nepal and Bangladesh. The delegation of six U.S. citizens met with local programs and government officials to address issues from local governments to conducting elections, children’s rights to violence against women, and how to promote democracy, human rights, poverty alleviation and development. The contingency visited U.S. Embassies in Khatmandu, Nepal and Dhaka, Bangladesh, toured the National Parliament in Bangladesh, visited the local press club and participated in a radio show on Radio ABC FM 89.2.
Mike has served on the Boards of the Crime Victims’ Coalition and as a member of the Charlotte Human Trafficking Task Force, Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC) and he currently facilitates the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (NCCADV) Men In The Movement.
Mike is on staff with the Mecklenburg County CSS Women’s Commission as a Prevention and Public Awareness Specialist addressing violence against women. He has worked with the domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking communities for the past 11 ½ years. Mike is responsible for all media and public relations, news releases and marketing for the Women’s Commission Domestic Violence programs. Mike also orchestrates special events, conferences and trainings for the community at large. Mike has traveled abroad with the U.S. State Department addressing these issues.
Mike came on-board with Carolina Men coordinating the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference held in November 2012 in Charlotte, NC.
Mike and his wife Lisa minister together coordinating events utilizing the arts such as the annual Projecting Hope Film Festival in Charlotte, NC and the Exalt Vocal Talent Show. He is currently serving on the Board with All Things Possible Ministries as their acting President. The ministry promotes “events with purpose” with their primary focus to help believers dealing with catastrophic medical bills.

Michael E. (Mike) Sexton
Mecklenburg County Community Support Services
Women's Commission
http://css.charmeck.org   Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau, Coordinator
http://dvsb.charmeck.org
700 North Tryon Street.  Charlotte, NC  28202
704-432-1568 (Office)
704-336-4198 (Fax)

Rev. Glencie S. Rhedrick, M.S.,M.DIV.
First Baptist Church-West
Bereavement/Youth Minister
704-281-3161
Glencie01@aol.com

Reverend Glencie Rhedrick is an ordained Baptist Minister. She is currently an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church West, serving as Youth and Bereavement Minister.  A community activist, Rev. Rhedrick is Board President of Mecklenburg Ministries, an interfaith organization of approximately 100 houses of faith coming together to address social issues in our community.
Glencie is an active member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  She has co-sponsors an annual Candlelight Vigil, along with Beauty for Ashes Ministries, Your Extended Support System and the Beatties Ford Regional Library for the past 3 years. This year’s theme was “Without Sanctuary.”
Glencie is available to provide counseling, guides and directs to agencies providing assistance for housing, financial needs as a result of the hardships incurred due to domestic violence.
As an advocate for children and youth, Rev. Rhedrick is one of several representatives to “Congregations for Kids,” which is a community group focused on finding loving and supportive homes for children in our foster care system.
An itinerant chaplain for several hospitals in the Carolinas Health Care System network, Rev. Rhedrick is a beacon of hope and encouragement to patients, families and staff. Her specialty is working in the palliative care and trauma units.
Reverend Rhedrick is a humble woman of God seeking to do His will in all that the Lord calls her to do. One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1-2: It reads, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God_ what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Alceen Ford-Meggett
4507-A Wildhoney Lane
Charlotte, NC 28227
704-648-7193

I came to Charlotte in 2008 with my husband after retiring from the State of Connecticut Community College System. I suffered my abuse about 35 – 40 years ago but I can remember it like it was yesterday. Because of my family’s “status” in the Hartford community I never felt free enough to speak out about my abuse until I came to Charlotte. It wasn’t until I moved here that I really started to heal from my abuse. I have been diagnosed with PTSD and have been through extensive treatment for it, but the real work of healing did not come until I came here. I joined a Domestic Violence ministry at church and was introduced to the Women’s Commission and their Domestic Violence Speakers Bureau. I went through the training and I have been blessed to be able to go out into the community and tell people my story and explain to them the importance of stopping the violence.
I am still amazed at the ignorance that is present when it comes to Domestic Violence. People still don’t want to talk about it and they still want to keep it a “secret” even when it is staring them in the face. We as a community have to keep the message alive on a constant basis, not just when there is a homicide due to Domestic Violence and not just during the month of October. I would love to see as much time and money put toward ending Domestic Violence as there is in the campaign against Breast Cancer. Maybe one day we can have a Walk Against Domestic Violence that is nationwide.

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