Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month kicks off Jan. 30.
In Sequoyah County the events are sponsored by the Coordinated Community Response/Sexual Assault Response Team (CCR/SART).
On Jan. 30 the CCR/SART team will ask Sequoyah County Commissioners to sign a proclamation declaring February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to coincide with the national campaign.
Brandi Timmerman, CCR/SART media representative, said, “Our county commissioners have been amazing in the past to help bring awareness to issues important to the CCR/SART. That makes Sequoyah County a safer place for the people.”
Timmerman said CCR/SART members will hold assemblies at schools throughout the county during the first week of February to make students aware and educate students on dating violence.
“This is a real issue students in this county face and we are so thankful to the schools who are allowing us to come speak to the students,” Timmerman said. “Prevention through education is key when dealing with these types of issues.”
The CCR/SART’s second annual chili cook off fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds. The cook off is open to all teams and there is no entry fee.
A $5 fee will be charged at the front door for tasting kits, which includes voting tickets for the best chili, best dessert and best presentation. Awards will be presented at the close of the cook off.
The teams are responsible for their own cookers, extension cords, etc.
“We truly hope everyone will come out and join us for a fun afternoon for such a good cause,” Timmerman said. “The CCR/SART is not funded by the government and is completely dependent on fundraisers and donations to stay up and running. All money received goes back to the Sequoyah County community to bring awareness on issues faced by special victims and to help ensure a victim’s safety when leaving a violent situation.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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