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NINTH Annual Chick Ball July 20, 2013 at Hal and Mal’s

Our annual Chick Ball in the works for July 20, 2013 at Hal and Mal’s. This is the NINTH year the Jackson Free Press has charitably and skillfully organized this wonderful event to benefit our domestic violence/sexual assault shelter in the Metro-Area.

As I’m sure you are aware, domestic violence occurrences continue to rise in the Central Mississippi area, as we are hearing almost daily about another woman or child whose life has been negatively impacted by it. The Center for Violence Prevention offers hope and a chance for a new life for these victims, as we offer a 24-hour crisis line and an open door to those in need.

After becoming a part of our program, these clients can take advantage of a full-service organization and staff, which assists them as they start a new life free from violence and fear. It is our privilege to stand beside these ladies and their children as they weave their way through the legal process and seek other forms of assistance. Our case managers and social workers help them improve job skills, find jobs, and even teach them how to be a better parent. In addition, our therapist works with the ladies and their children both individually and on the group level to sort through trauma and other issues.

Past Chick Ball events have resulted in the purchase of a new mini-van for client transportation, the launch of the Batterer’s Intervention Program, and legal assistance for victims. This year’s focus will be addressing sex trafficking in our area. Human trafficking is also known as modern day slavery. Ultimately, slavery today and 200 years ago share the same notion: It’s the notion that one person’s life, liberty and fortune can be under the absolute control of another, and be sold, bought, or used at the will of the owner. The Center has pledged to change that, and with continued help from the JFP and community, we can reach out to these victims as they face this traumatic occurrence.

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013 5 p.m.
Where: Hal and Mal’s, Jackson
Cost: $5
Age limit: Not available
Contact Phone: 601-362-6121, ext. 16