'Silent Screams' Panel Discussion

IMG 3180Raindrop Women's Association Austin had another memorable Coffee Night this week. Because March has the International Women's Day in it, the night was titled as "Silent Screams" with a panel discussion about abuse against women.

Our three keynote speakers, Kim Andrews, founder and CEO of the Red Circle movement, Amy Allen, Community Organizer from Safe Place Shelter, and Linda Phan, Executive Director of Asian Family Support Services of Austin were asked several questions varying "What would be the definition of abuse?", "Why women don't leave when they are abused?", "What is the role of community in terms of helping the victims or preventing the abuse?" or "Is it possible to keep the children safe in an abusive environment?" by our moderator Roberta Parrillo from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and took turns to answer or comment on them. 

At the end of the panel discussion, the women in the room were also given a chance to ask their questions or comment on the issues discussed. It was an inspiring night with a story shared by a victim of abuse, so many ideas and thoughts from women with different cultural and religious background.

There were so many distinguished guesses in the room. Judge Cheryl Johnston and Travis County Treasurer  Dolores Ortega were among them. Special Thanks to our panelists for making this event happen. Special thanks to Kim Andrews for coming all the way from Dallas to participate this event.  

As a part of Coffee Night tradition, there were delicious buffet dinner, icebreaker games and gifts. 

RAWA Coffee night series will keep bringing women together in our community.

 

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