BOLINGBROOK – Citizens Against Abuse, a nonprofit organization based in the Bolingbrook and Romeoville area, will be holding its 19th annual Rally and March Against Abuse this week.
The group’s mission is to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence and “inspire unified action toward its elimination and prevention, while remembering victims, empowering survivors and providing resources to those it affects.”
The focus of this year’s event is “Bullying Today” with guest speaker Patrick Dati, an author, speaker and advocate against child abuse and bullying, and for LGBTQ rights. Dati is the author of “I AM ME: Survivor of Child Abuse and Bullying Speaks Out.”
He has worked for several organizations, including Center on Halsted, Chicago’s community center dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community; Teach Antibullying Inc.; Dreamcatchers for Abused Children; The National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse; and RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people a minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. on average. One in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5 million children witness domestic violence each year in the U.S., and 40 million adult Americans grew up living with domestic violence.
The event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the DuPage Township Joseph and Sarah Levy Center at 251 Canterbury Lane in Bolingbrook. Any questions in regard to the event or business/organizations inquiries about being represented at the event should be sent to Info@CitizensAgainst
Abuse.org. The event is free and open to the public.