Until recently, domestic violence lived in the shadows and was a “private, family matter.” But today the silence is breaking as never before.
You are invited to SpeakUp!, our annual domestic violence luncheon. Join with fellow residents in recognizing the effects of domestic violence on our community. Raise your voice in support of friends and neighbors experiencing abuse or simply to say “I don’t have to experience abuse to help end it.”
This year’s speaker is William Gay of the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he was only 7-years-old, Gay’s world came crashing down when his mother was killed by his stepfather. She attempted to leave the relationship, but Gay’s stepfather found her and shot her, leaving Gay alone.
The pain of that tragic day never left Gay and, when he’s not winning Super Bowls, he uses his position to draw attention to the issue of intimate partner abuse. He’s lent his voice to the NO MORE campaign and gladly pays a large fine each year for wearing purple cleats during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He is truly Speaking Up!