San Clemente DV Task Force- 2016
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Love San Clemente is a local outreach designed to show the love of God in practical ways. Community events include clean up projects, caring for the elderly, the military, various community service events and feeding the poor. We are also a 501 c-3 and can receive donations to help fund local projects.
appy New Year to All and thanks again for your support as we enter our second year at the task force.
We are joining forces with other community groups to make our indignant but respectful voices heard regarding the fact that for 22 years, South County victims of sexual assault have had to go to Anaheim for rape evidence collection. This is blatant disregard and callousness towards victims in something that most of you did not know about until the SC DV Task Force brought it up, and we have very appreciated your help in our attempt to right this wrong. There is a mobile unit that comes to hospitals in South County when a rape victim is hospitalized. At this point, we are only asking that they also come to the emergency department even if the victim is not admitted.
We want to welcome Eileen Kawas to our Bord of Directors as our liaison on senior affairs. There were 9000 cases of elder abuse reported in Orange County in the past year. Elder abuse- just like child abuse – is domestic violence and we want to be part of the solution. Eileen is going to help us make a difference! We are hoping to encourage more services and more recognition of the needs of seniors in San Clemente. Abuse is not always physical- sometimes it is turning a deaf ear and a blind eye to the quality of life of those who are most vulnerable.
The Task Force is also happy to be presenting a 4 hour webinar for UCR Extension on Elder Financial Fraud in February.
We continue our work in finding ways to intervene for homeless women – many of whom are on the streets due to domestic violence. To further our network and our knowledge, I will be attending a two day conference at USC this month and meeting with some of the leaders in this field.
Preparations continue for our March 5 Youth Summit that we are doing in collaboration with the Wellness and Prevention Center. We are inviting 35 high school youth from 5 area high schools to discuss their thoughts on violence prevention and we will then help them be heard in the halls of city councils and beyond.
We want to thank the Junior Women’s Club of San Clemente for the honor of asking us to say a few words at their anniversary dinner. What a great group!
And once again, many thanks to Sunrise Rotary of San Clemente for their encouragement and to Kiwanis!
Our best wishes to you and yours – and if you would like to help support our efforts you can donate at scdvtaskforce.com
San Clemente Domestic Violence Task Force