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Valentine’s Day: Darien church bells to ring for domestic violence

On February 14, 2013, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and the Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education will join with activists around the world to rally, dance and ring bells in support of “One Billion Rising”, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. Nearly every church throughout Darien will ring their bells at 1 p.m. to mark the occasion. Go to Onebillionrisingct.org to find out more and join in.

“As the sole provider of domestic violence services in Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Wilton and Weston, DVCC is proud to be part of this global movement,” a press release said.

“No one who has witnessed the horrific toll that intimate partner violence takes on women and children can ignore this global call for an end to violence,” said Rachelle Kucera Mehra, executive director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. “… the DVCC hopes to bring greater awareness than ever before that violence impacts, not only individuals, but families, businesses, our legal system, our healthcare systems. Moreover, left unchecked, it will continue to do so for generations to come.”

“One Billion Rising” is an organized movement started by Eve Ensler, an American activist and creator of “The Vagina Monologues”. Ensler was inspired by a United Nations report that stated that one in three women worldwide will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, which she saw as roughly one billion women and girls.

“We are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, dance, rise up, and demand an end to this violence. One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, “Enough! The violence ends now,” the website says.

The website was launched in February 2011.

The Domestic Violence Crisis center will host events in two locations: At Latham Park in Stamford, joined by the Center for Sexual Assault, and at The Green in Norwalk.

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