Saturday, October 9th Native Women's Society promoted awareness on domestic violence and the devastating effects it has on children and families by hosting an awareness walk.
Registration began at 9:00 am on Saturday morning, at the Memorial Park Bandshell, south of the east entry doors to the Civic Center. Awareness signs were made by NWSGP Membership programs during their annual board of directors meeting and were made available for walkers. Participants were also encouraged to bring their own signs as well.
Kevin Killer, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and LeToy Lunderman, a strong
advocate for survivors were some of the guest speakers at the event.
‘We Are the Strength of Our Grandmother’s Prayers’ was the wording for participant t-shirts.
Carmen O’Leary, Director of Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, encouraged participants to join the walk as October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month nationwide. She said not only on this month, but always, people need to raise awareness and support survivors of family violence. “When we heal ourselves, we heal our children,” she said.
Violence in the home, especially constant violence, causes health issues to survivors, including children. It can eventually lead to chronic pain, heart and lung issues, diabetes and other health problems. The trauma eventually causes these health issues when there is not enough healing.
Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains is a tribal coalition of tribal organizations on the Northern Plains that work together to end domestic and sexual violence in their communities, promoting advocacy to survivors to keep them safe and help them heal.