Benefit event for Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence raises $1,000

Lynn Hesse reports:

Lynn Hesse
It was a rainy night in Decatur, Georgia, but about sixty people turned out for "You Are the Resource," a public awareness event. We raised around a thousand dollars for the Georgia Coalition of Domestic Violence from sales of Me Too Short Stories: An Anthology and speaker Jennie Helderman's book, As the Sycamore Grows. and our "Me Too: Short Stories, An Anthology". After Jan Christensen, Executive Director of GCADV, read a statistic on domestic violence, each panelist shared a personal story about some aspect of domestic violence. The panelists discussed their work to change the culture, how domestic violence had affected their lives, and why they were a resource.
Ananda Shakti

Ananda Shakti and Julie Fuzel performed "#-We-2," a movement piece with dialogue. D. Olivia Jones read her poem, "Create Your Own Reality," and spoke about sexual harassment in the Air Force. Wende Ballew, Executive Director of Reforming Arts, spoke about the court system that puts women in jail for
Lynn signs copies of anthology
protecting themselves against their abusers. Jennie Helderman spoke about her harrowing experience of interviewing and writing a book, "As the Sycamore Grows" concerning a real-life case of severe and environmental deprivation where a man abused his wife in a cabin in the woods. I spoke about "Jewel's Hell" and breaking stereotypes in fiction. I ended by discussing the themes of healing and forgiveness from trauma in my books and the transformational quality of art. A reception and book signing followed.

I am indebted to Denise Funk and the Decatur Library staff in Decatur, Georgia, and to GCADV's Executive Director, Jan Christensen, and Communications and Events Manager, Chancy Chea, as well as my my talented panelists. The event was free, accessible, and advocates and deaf interpreters were present.