Women In Distress
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ULTIMATE SOFTWARE AND WOMEN IN DISTRESS
INVITE YOU TO TAKE A STEP TO END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
18TH ANNUAL SAFEWALK-RUN 5K PRESENTED BY ULTIMATE SOFTWARE TO BE HELD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT NSU
To Register Click Here.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. -(January 6, 2017) – In an effort to support the fight against domestic violence, Ultimate Software is proud to sponsor the 18th Annual Women In Distress SAFEWALK-RUN 5K Presented by Ultimate Software on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in Davie. Registration is now open for all walkers and runners, and their four-legged friends. Proceeds help support the free and confidential services provided to women, children and men at Women In Distress of Broward County, the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County.
More than 1,000 community members (and their furry friends) will take to the pavement to raise awareness about domestic violence and help WID reach its goal of raising $150,000, which can provide 1,500 nights of safe shelter for adults and children affected by domestic violence. Registration begins at 7:30 am. The event will kick off with a warm up, followed by timed race for runners and a more leisurely stroll for walkers, strollers and dogs (on leash) at 9:00am.
“We are pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 18th Annual Women In Distress SAFEWALK-RUN 5K,” said Vivian Maza, Chief People Officer of Ultimate Software. We have a large enthusiastic team and the event is a really fun time for our employees. We encourage all the area businesses to form teams and walk or run with us as we raise the crucial funds that will provide the participants of Women In Distress with the tools and resources they need to heal.”
Come out and walk or run in honor of survivors of domestic violence and be a voice for victims living in silence. Domestic violence survivors will be cheering on walkers and runners along the route and also walking alongside supporters celebrating the brave steps they’ve taken toward a new violence-free life. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and information on domestic violence will be available for all participants.
A registration fee is required in order to participate. Adults (ages 18 and older) are $25, youth participants (ages 6-17) are $15 and dogs can walk for $10 (must be leashed with a registered adult or teen). Kids ages 5 and under are free. SAFEWALK participants will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and T-shirt. Kids can enjoy a variety of fun activities and everyone can visit local vendors within our vendor village. Thank you to our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Ultimate Software, Gold Sponsors JM Family Enterprises, Inc., SE Toyota and Thomas Family Foundation, Memorial Healthcare, Host Sponsor Nova Southeastern University, Media Sponsor Easy 93.1, and First Green Bank for helping keep families safe.
Register now at womenindistress.org. Your registration fee will answer two calls for help on our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (954.761.1133; TTY/TDD 954.527.5385).
Nova Southeastern University
(Across from the Alvin Sherman Library)
3301 College Ave, Davie, FL 33314
Saturday, February 25, 2017
7:30 am – Registration opens
9:00 am – Race start
$25: Adult (ages 18 and older)
$35: Adult with dog (on leash)
$15: Youth (ages 6-17)
FREE: Kids 5 and under
The Herman’s have always believed in the importance of helping others and have supported Women In Distress for many years. “We believe in WID’s mission to end domestic abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. Through our commitment, we have learned firsthand just how important it is to help keep families safe, stated Hal.”
Even when children don’t see domestic abuse, they usually know it’s happening. It can affect them deeply. More than 50% of women experiencing domestic abuse live in households with children under 12. These children are more likely to exhibit behavioral issues and physical health problems, including depression, anxiety, and violence toward peers.
Through the Hal Herman Children’s Fund (HHCF) and the generosity of donors, the smallest survivors of domestic violence can receive the support they need — supervised care while their parent is in counseling, and help from specialized therapists that use play therapy, art therapy and more to help these children break the cycle of domestic violence. To learn more about the Hal Herman Children’s Fund and the HHCF Celebration Wall.
Back in my very early twenties, I was date-raped in my own apartment, and after that I became terrified to date anyone new. That was until I befriended a young man on campus who seemed horrified by my story, and told me that if I would do him the honor of becoming his girlfriend, that he would make sure that nobody would ever hurt me that way ever again. He really seemed to care, and it touched my heart in a way I had never experienced before. So I finally let my guard down and started to date him. He moved in rather quickly. He said he wanted to protect me and keep me safe. I thought it was too soon, but I wanted to be protected and safe. So rather than learn how to accomplish that on my own, I allowed him to move in with me so he could do it for me. It was romantic and wonderful… that is, until the abuse began.
I was convinced that these out-of-the-blue moments of abuse were not the real him. I kept thinking back to how much he wanted to protect me… how much he seemed to care. And I convinced myself that that was the real man, and the abusive one was just an imposter filled with pain. And that if I could love him enough, and stick by him while he went through that pain, I could emotionally heal him, and save him the way he had wanted to save me. So whenever an abusive event occurred, I chose to love him through it. And when he cried in my arms and apologized each time afterwards, I comforted HIM, as I cradled him in my arms that were now covered in bruises. And he told me that this was just bringing us closer together, and making our love even stronger. And at that time, it felt true.
The trouble was; I was so busy loving HIM through it all, that I forgot to love MYSELF. The abuse got worse and worse, and I began to realize over 8 years of time that this wasn’t going to get any better. I mean, if my love was supposed to heal him, why was he only getting worse and worse? How bad was the abuse going to be after 10, 15 or 20 years? Would I even still be alive? This stunning realization and the sudden fear of dying made me realize that I needed to get out. I felt like I was betraying him, but I was so tired of betraying MYSELF.
I finally found my way to Women in Distress. There, I was swiftly but gently thrown into classes that taught me about abuse and abusers, and the cycle that desperately needed to be broken. My self-esteem increased, I learned how to rely on myself, I learned how to not be afraid to be alone, and how to get through the pangs of guilt for “abandoning” my abuser. I truly became a new person. I barely recognize “the old me” anymore! At Women in Distress, I was able to learn how to make new friends, get a new job, pay for my own apartment in a new city, take up new hobbies and pursue old abandoned ones, and how to reclaim my life in every way possible. It is amazing to me how much one can accomplish when one no longer has to waste all of their time and energy on coping with abuse. Now I can use that time and energy living my life to the fullest. And boy does it feel good!