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Rappellers Will Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence By Going “Over The Edge”

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Event caps a week of activities to raise awareness and funds during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On Friday, October 27, community members will rappel down to help others rise up by going “Over The Edge” of the Maverik Base Camp building in downtown Salt Lake City. Rappellers will have raised at least $1,000 each in much-needed funds for domestic violence and sexual assault services at the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center at the YWCA.

Take the kids and family downtown to witness the event. Over The Edge will feature rappellers throughout the day. A “Drop Zone” sponsored by Auric Solar, will offer food, music, and a public viewing area.

One in three women in Utah will experience domestic or sexual violence in her lifetime. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Salt Lake Area Family Justice Center at the YWCA is raising funds and awareness for their life-saving services by launching “Over The Edge,” a rappelling event in downtown Salt Lake City. On October 21, 2016, up to 90 participants who have raised $1,000 or more will have the opportunity to rappel down all 13 stories (165 feet) of the Maverik Base Camp building. Additionally, thanks to Salt Lake County, the first 25 participants who raise $1,000 or more will have their first $1,000 “matched” by the County—with a maximum County contribution of $25,000.

The Family Justice Center is an innovative, collaborative model to help women and men in abusive relationships and those who have been sexually assaulted. The center offers comprehensive, caring services from fourteen partners in one accessible location. When people seek help at the Family Justice Center they find trauma-informed, compassionate professionals who work with them to identify their needs and assist them in navigating criminal justice and other systems to obtain the resources they need to find safety and change.

About the YWCA

YWCA Utah advances the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. Since 1906 YWCA Utah has advanced the well-being of women in key dimensions of their lives through direct programming, education, and advocacy designed to encourage their aspirations, protect their rights, and meet their changing needs. The YWCA’s enduring belief has been that better lives for all women lead to stronger families and communities. Current direct programming focuses on violence against women, early childhood education, and women’s leadership development. Research, education, and advocacy and public policy efforts focus on developing the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative. For more information, visit ywcautah.org.

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