The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 7, 2014

Abuse victims to share stories

Dave Sutor

JOHNSTOWN — Victims of violence are not alone.

Unfortunately, many battered women and abused children have gone through similar nightmarish experiences.

Some of those survivors will share their stories on Friday night in hopes of showing those still suffering in silence that there are people who understand what they are enduring.

The event, called Take Back the Night, is scheduled to take place at Grove Avenue United Methodist Church in the Moxham section of Johnstown from 7 to 9 p.m.

“It’s definitely important to let them know they are not alone,” said Erika Brosig, supervisor of direct services for Victim Services Inc.

The gathering is sponsored by Community Connection Team, a coalition consisting of Victim Services Inc., Beginnings Inc., Women’s Help Center, Renewal Center of Cove Forge and the Grove Avenue church, along with citizens, artists and other churches.

“All of the agencies involved in putting it together are so committed,” Brosig said.

The Stone Bridge will be lit in teal, blue and purple tonight and Friday in support of survivors of violence.

On May 24, Grove Avenue United Methodist Church will host Celebrate the Day from 2 to 4 p.m.. There will be live music, dancing, food, art and activities for children.

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