Tickets are now available for order online for the Saturday, April 12 symposium presented by the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter and the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization, Inc. They can also be purchased from Fruition at 56 Merchants Row, and at Shear Heaven Salon & Day Spa, 168 N. Main, Rutland; or call 775-6788 for information.
“Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” will feature presentations by
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 2009 Vermont Crime Victim Services Youth Activist Award and the 2013 Vermont Truman Scholar scholarship for undergraduate students who are committed to public service, government, education or nonprofits and who show leadership.
The event will also include a presentation by special guest speaker Capt. Scott Tucker, of Project VISION. Capt. Tucker leads Rutland’s collaboration of over 115 community members and agencies working together for the common goal of improving Rutland’s neighborhoods– one person, one household, one street, one block at a time. The initiatives being developed in Project VISION are designed to help reduce violence and drug use throughout the area. Kristin Carlson, former co-anchor and senior political reporter at WCAX-TV, the recipient of four Edward R. Murrow Awards for Broadcast Journalism, will also speak.
Held at The Franklin Conference Center at the Howe, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, the event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Event tickets, which include luncheon, can be purchased online for $35 per person, and only $20 for students with a student ID. Tickets are also available at Fruition, 56 Merchants Row, and Shear Heaven Salon & Day Spa, 168 N. Main, Rutland, VT.
Event sponsors include Lang, McLaughry Real Estate-Rutland, Green Mountain Power, Cape Air, Carris Reels, Cooperative Insurance, Merchant’s Bank, the Rutland Herald, the Northshire Bookstore, VT Digger, and Vermont Woman Newspaper.