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Taking a stand against domestic violence

It’s time to confront a community problem that’s often shrouded in fear and shame: domestic violence.

Someplace Safe and United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (UCAN) will host two events next week as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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The seventh annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk will be held next Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m., starting at the Douglas County Courthouse and ending at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria.

Free T-shirts and food will be available.

The speaker will be Clara Moyle, a domestic violence survivor and an active volunteer with UCAN and Someplace Safe. She is also employed full time, and she and her partner have their own business, “Setterland Fields Bird Dogs,” where they raise and sell setters.

Prior to this, she was married almost 31 years with 30 years of abuse in their relationship.

The violence began following the birth of their first child and the abuse slowly escalated for about three years.

Before the birth of her third child, about three years later, the abuse became very intense and continued until her husband died of a massive heart attack in 2008.

Moyle will share part of her life’s journey and how her early life of bullying impacted her future relationship with her husband. Today, she lives a life of peacefulness and hope, and wants to share her story to help others believe they too can survive and flourish.



The 13th annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Luncheon will take place next Wednesday, October 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Arrowwood Resort Center in Alexandria.

The speaker will be Jermaine Davis, educator, author and presenter.

Growing up surrounded by violence and fear on the west side of Chicago, Davis changed the direction of his life by studying success, achievement and leadership.

Now he helps individuals, teams and organizations thrive and succeed by teaching the principles and practices of positive interpersonal interactions.

Before receiving the prestigious College Instructor of the Year Award, Davis worked in corporate America for IBM, Keebler Cookies and Frito-Lay in the areas of sales, management, leadership and customer service.

Today he is an award-winning college professor and international speaker and workshop leader. He has authored 10 books that have been adopted by many universities and organizations across the U.S.

Tickets for the luncheon are $15 and are available at Bremer Bank in Alexandia. For more information, call (320) 762-1995.


In addition to those events, a free women’s self-defense course, Conquering Fear of Violence, will also be offered this month.

It’s designed to give participants the skills and knowledge to avoid potentially violent situations in all their forms.

Instruction will be provided by Josh Waltzing of Schutz Taekwondo Academy.

The class will take place Wednesday, October 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Schutz Taekwondo Academy in Alexandria.

To register, contact Waltzing at Schutz Taekwondo Academy at (320) 761-9008. The class is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your spot early.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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