The Chatham County Youth Commission, SAFE Shelter and Macy’s sponsoring the kick off to the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt”campaign with a press conference on Friday, February 12, 2010 during the opening of the new Forsyth Fort and stage. Forsyth Park.
Chatham County Youth Commissioners wore TShirts promoting this campaign in all of the County’s public and private high schools and the Oglethorpe Mall while handing out Hershey’s candy kisses to mark the campaign with the idea,“Kisses, not Disses!”
Last year in Georgia, there were 65 intimate partner deaths. Three of those domestic violence-related homicides were young women under the age of 20. One victim was only 17 years old when her exboyfriend killed her.
The Youth Commission, SAFE Shelter and Macy’s reminds all that domestic violence has no typical victim. Victims are old, young, educated, illiterate, male and female. Last year SAFE Shelter provided shelter and services to over 800 victims and their children. And most adult victims say the pattern of violence started when they were dating.
If you need help or if you know someone that needs help, call SAFE Shelter at (912) 629-8888.
The Chatham County Youth Commission was founded in 1992 by Dr. Priscilla D. Thomas and the Chatham County Commission and is directed by Alderman Van R. Johnson, II to provide high school aged youth of Chatham County with a vehicle to learn about government, participate in the process and to represent and articulate the needs of youth in this community.
Now 18 years and over 300 graduates later, similar programs have been created in Atlanta, GA; Gainesville, FL; Prince George’s County, MD; Fargo, ND; Newnan, GA, Riverdale, GA and Miami, FL. For more information visit www.ChathamYouth.com .