SABRA readies violence program

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 5, 2005

The Selma Times-Journal

Thanks to SABRA Sanctuary Inc., dozens of nurses, teachers, counselors, social workers and survivors will be better armed to fight domestic and sexual violence after their annual Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Symposium.

“The only way were ever going to stop violence against women and children is education,” Sabrah Agee, SABRA’s educator and event coordinator, said.

Every year SABRA puts together public workers and educators to teach them the signs of domestic violence and child abuse.

The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

“We want people who work with the public to understand it so that when they’re dealing with a survivor of rape or domestic violence they’ll know how to handle it,” Agee said.

The symposium, beginning on Oct. 20 and ending on Oct. 21, will feature speakers on topics like “The Reality of Sexual Assault in Alabama” and “What Alabama CACs Do and the Teamwork Needed to Reach Our Collective Goals.”

“You have to know something to really defeat it,” Agee said.

SABRA is a non-profit battered woman’s shelter serving Dallas, Perry and Wilcox Counties.

The event has a $50 registration fee.

For more information on the event, call Agee at 877-4384.

Registration officially ends on Oct. 15.

“We said the 15th,” Agee said. “But honey, we’ll take them all the way up to the very end.”