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Clay City junior organizes for Domestic Violence month

Sunday, October 3, 2010

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Emilee Cheesman
To help recognize National Domestic Violence Month, a Clay City Jr.-Sr. High School student took it upon herself to organize a week's worth of activities at the school.

CCHS junior Emilee Cheesman set up the activities, which will begin Monday, to recognize domestic violence prevention.

October is National Domestic Violence Month.

Cheesman told The Brazil Times her mother is a domestic violence advocate, which peaked her interest in the subject.

"It really got me interested in how things happen and who gets involved when things happen and how serious it is," she said.

Clay City Principal Jeff Bell said he was impressed with the amount of work Cheesman put into her efforts.

"She's done a great job," Bell said. "She's got everything down to a 'T.' She did all the work herself.

"It reminds the kids that there are thing out there that are bigger than themselves and reminds them of what we can do to help others."

Bell added Cheesman's sister, Marleah Tryon -- a 2010 Clay City graduate -- also helped organize events for the school to recognize domestic violence prevention in the past.

"(Emilee's) interested in working to help in that field when she gets out of high school," Bell said. "She's actually been involved in some classes and learning situations of her own. It's something that she has great awareness of. It's important to her."

Cheesman set up different themed days for next week, including a purple sock day. Not only is purple the school's color, it also represents National Domestic Violence Month.

In addition, she has scheduled a pantry drive, a raffle and surveys for students.

The school will also conduct convocations Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., with plays performed by students of the theater class, written by Cheesman.

Representatives from the Council on Domestic Abuse will also be on hand as well as other speakers, including dispatchers, law enforcement, probation officers, prison officials, government officials, firefighters and more.

"I had to sit down and come up with plans for each day and contact people to speak," Cheesman said. "It gets stressful, but in the end, it pays off."

According to a press release, Cheesman took it upon herself to set up the activities after interning at a Domestic Violence Program during the summer.

She wrote a plan and presented it to school officials for approval.

"I learned it can get stressful at times, but if you feel good about it, that's the good thing," Cheesman said.

"You want to do something that makes you feel good and feel like you accomplished something."

Bell said the school has had presentations in the past for National Domestic Violence Month.

"We've had some things," he said. "We did some things last year, a few little things. But not to this degree."

Cheesman said ultimately, she hopes the students find the week eventful.

"I hope they learn how serious domestic violence is and that it is not a joke," she said. "I hope they take some information and it opens their eyes and they realize what it is."


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Emilee.....what an awesome young lady you are to do this to make people ~ of all ages ~ aware how serious domestic violence is. You certainly have put a lot of work and time into this. Kudos to you and everyone involved in this week's events.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Sun, Oct 3, 2010, at 10:00 PM

V.P. Biden recently called violence against women, "the very worst abuse." The very worst abuse is valuing one life less than another for having been born the wrong sex. Under Biden's Violence Against Women Act the wrong sex is men. Shelter and services are virtually non-existent for male victims of domestic violence so those options out of a bad relationship, that are routinely available to women, are very often not available to men. Men wind up gender profiled and often falsely accused by the taxpayer funded, d.v. industry, because of gender feminist ideology controlling the d.v. industry. Men are often battered by domestic violence, and then battered again by the taxpayer funded, domestic violence industry. Credible research overwhelmingly shows that the ratio of d.v. is at least 50/50 between women & men. http://tinyurl.com/3sakk According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the domestic violence is not mutual, it's women who initiate the domestic violence. http://tinyurl.com/yzm9xhe The taxpayer funded domestic violence industry has largely mischaracterized the true nature of d.v. from the beginning and continues to mislead the public. D.V. law follows a gender feminist agenda/ideology over facts in evidence and does great harm to many innocent men (and also many battering women who need help) as shown in "Los Misandry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAmOxvudp...

-- Posted by Ray on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 1:49 AM

Well Ray you maybe right on there not being the same things in line for men. But you could at least say Kudos for what Emilee is doing. Good Job Emilee.

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 8:25 AM

Ray, I'm going to have to agree with kd323 on this one. Kudos need to go to this young lady for wanting to organize this. Also there is nothing in this article that points out she is doing this for just women. It is National Domestic Violence Month. If you have a bone to pick or facts to put out there because the Vice President is a moron then take it up with him but don't play down what this young lady is trying to do and that is make everyone aware of what is going on in society today. She did an internship with the domestic abuse counsel and I am sure that she learned all that you referenced in your post.

-- Posted by time2growup on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 11:15 AM

WAY TO GO EMILEE!!!! That took a lot of hard work and effort on your part to put such an event together! You should be very proud of yourself!

-- Posted by clgruener on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 11:17 AM

Very, very proud of you Em!!! Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by rodandchristina on Mon, Oct 4, 2010, at 2:25 PM


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