Our Reflections on the North Park Elementary School Shooting
When I heard the news that another shooting happened in San Bernardino I couldn’t believe a city so close to home was facing another tragedy. As the story unfolded we were told that the North Park Elementary Shooting was a murder-suicide. Once we got more facts it became apparent, this wasn’t just a murder-suicide, this was domestic violence. After the story unfolded, the media coverage died down, but why? Because this wasn’t the terrorism we thought it was? By definition of the word, domestic violence is a terrorist act that happens every day.
Our shelter is fortunate to have several amazing volunteers who never run out of energy or kindness. We would like to take this opportunity to thank one of our longest volunteers by the name of Susan Rich. Susan has been an educator in the Bear Valley Unified School District for over twenty years. She currently teaches second grade at Baldwin Lane Elementary School. In her free time, Susan can be spotted hiking with her two devoted dogs. She is also an active member of her church and sells SCRIP there every weekend.
DOVES Attends California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Southern Section Meeting; Plus Spring Events
DOVES Program Manager, Quinton Page, was proud to represent the organization at the quarterly California Partnership to End Domestic Violence Southern Section Meeting, where he presented on the ongoing domestic violence prevention and education efforts that have been going on in Big Bear schools. Quinton lead a roundtable discussion on the importance of prevention efforts, and was able to learn a lot by hearing the techniques that our sister organizations are utilizing around California.
Members of our community supported survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim on April 26th for Denim Day. Together, we made the statement that no matter what, even if someone is wearing “tight jeans”, there is never an excuse for sexual assault. Thank you for joining us!