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Announcing a Special Symposium: Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter and the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization, Inc. announce an April 12, 2014 symposium in Rutland, VT to address issues of domestic violence and sexual assault featuring guest speakers Jeanelle Achee, Miss Vermont 2013, and Carmen Tarleton, author of “Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed”.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 at The Franklin Conference Center at the Howe, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will include a luncheon, are available for purchase online at a cost of $35 per person.

The featured guest speakers for “Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: A Symposium” are:

Carmen Blandin Tarleton, the Thetford, VT mother of two whose book “Overcome: Burned, Blinded and Blessed”  tells the story of the 2007 attack by her estranged husband that left her with lye burns over 80% of her body and started her on the “incredible journey” of recovery that included a face transplant in 2013. Carmen’s inspirational story is one of courage, perseverance, and forgiveness; she will be signing copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

Jeanelle Achee, Miss Vermont 2013, will be speaking about her platform for her year-long reign Stop the Silence, which supports those who have been assaulted and seeks to prevent sexual violence through education. Jeanelle, a nursing student whose career plans focus on becoming a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, is also the recipient of the 2013 Vermont Truman Scholar scholarship for undergraduate students who are committed to public service, government, education or nonprofits and who show “exceptional” leadership.

Organizers expect at least two hundred attendees at this event, proceeds of which will benefit the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter and the Miss Vermont Scholarship Foundation.  Sponsorship opportunities are available: call 802-775-6788 ext. 20 for more information.

At a glance:
When:  April 12, 2014
Time:  11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Conference Center at the Howe, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT 05701
Tickets: $35 apiece, includes luncheon and program. Purchase Tickets Online.

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The Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter is non-profit human service agency dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our mission is on prevention through education and training, protection through emergency shelter and a 24/7 crisis hotline, and service to the communities of Rutland County with the goal of preventing and decreasing incidences of further abuse. Serving both victims and their children who are subject to domestic violence or sexual assault, funded through the United Way, federal, and state agencies, and various private foundations and contributions, the Network is also heavily dependent upon the community for financial support. Find out more about our mission at www.rcwn.org or reach our 24-hour free and completely confidential hotline at 802-775-3232.

The mission of the nonprofit Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization, Inc. is to provide scholarships to young women of Vermont while coaching their leadership skills, mentoring their participation in relevant community service, enhancing their unique talents, and developing their personal confidence, grace and style. Find out more at http://www.missvermont.org.