Gentile speaks at One Billion Rising anti-violence rally

State Rep. Linda Gentile

State Rep. Linda M. Gentile, D-104th District, joined individuals and organizations throughout Connecticut for One Billion Rising, a worldwide event demanding an end to violence against women and girls. The event included a rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, sponsored by Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
“The statistics for the State of Connecticut are extremely disturbing,” Gentile said. “One in four women or girls has been sexually assaulted. As the grandmother of four granddaughters, that means that the possibility of one of them being abused is not unrealistic.”
Gentile said she would do everything in her power to reduce violence against women in the state.
“I cannot, and will not accept this statistic,” she said. “I firmly believe that as an elected official, I must do everything possible to reduce and eliminate this frightening statistic removing my loved ones and all the women and girls within this state from harm.”
While violence against women is a global problem, its impact is keenly felt in Connecticut, according to Karen Jarmoc, Executive Director, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“Last year CCADV’s programs served more than 57,000 victims of domestic violence,” said Jarmoc. “It is critical that more people speak up about violence against women, that we hold each other accountable for our actions and words, and that we teach children at a very young age about respect and healthy relationships.”

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