Month long Domestic Violence
program raises awareness

November 2, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

The local domestic violence and sexual abuse program, SSTEP, would like to thank the whole community for making October such a rewarding month.

We went to the grade school and worked with first through third grade about hitting others and using words to hurt each other. Each of the students colored a poster and the poster represented their promise to not use their hands or their words to hurt anyone.

The fourth grade class watched a movie, participated in a great discussion about domestic violence and listened to a high school student who told about the domestic violence in her home and how things got better after they received outside help. They also made posters.

All of the posters were copied and glued to grocery bags used at Wold's Valley Market.

Wold's Valley Market and the Seeley Lake Fire Department allowed SSTEP members to set up tables with information about domestic violence and sexual abuse as well as sell T-shirts and luminaries.

Wold's also allowed the SSTEP program to hang the Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster on the front of their store.

On October 26th, the group held a ceremony in the parking lot of the Mission Bible Fellowship. They lit the luminaries and honored all the victims of both crimes as well as all those in the community who have helped with the program and helped victims.

The SSTEP program is gearing up for a fund-raiser to help it purchase the needed pagers and radios to start an on-site service that will give the victims immediate crisis counseling, safe transport, protective orders and referrals to other services.

All of us at SSETP would like to thank the community for all of their support. We're on our fifth year of service in the Seeley Swan and have served over 100 victims in those years.

If you need help or would like to get involved call 677-3177 and leave a message. All messages are confidential and will be answered daily. If a victim needs immediate help, he or she may call 911 or the YWCA at 1-800-483-7858.

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