Every nine seconds, someone is killed by an intimate partner, according to Women Aware (a New Jersey-based anti-violence agency). October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and radio personality MoShay LaRen is with us in studio to talk about the very serious issue that effects one in three women and one in five teenagers. “Love does not hurt,” says LaRen. “If it hurts you, then it’s not love.” The activist has launched a campaign called Love Yourself to encourage young people to have a higher regard for self-preservation and self-esteem.
This is on top of a theatrical production LaRen has organized, which is slated to take place at the Freedom Theatre Saturday, October 26. “Voices of Domestic Violence: Dance, Music, and Monologues” provides an array of perspectives on domestic violence to the tune of performance art and stars Tony-nominated performer Sheryl Lee Ralph and R&B singer KeKe Wyatt. There will be two showings, one at 3 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. You can get tickets at urbantix.com.
If you or someone you know is being victimized by domestic abuse, call Women Against Abuse’s toll-free hotline for Philadelphia at 866-723-3014.