HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- James Madison University hosted Candy Miller, executive director at First Step, to speak about her cause and raise awareness of domestic abuse.
"Right now, one in every three women in the world is a survivor of gender-based violence."
"We are seeing that locally, that this is not just something that's happening in another part of the country or another part of the world, it's happening right here in Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County."
"We may not see it, we may not think we understand it or know it, but you would be surprised how many people sitting in this room tonight do in-fact know first hand about it."
"They are our neighbors, they are people that live here in the community. It's just important to become aware of the issue and to talk about it because it really is something that nobody wants to talk about it."
"It isn't just something we have to do because it's sad to hear about people suffering, it's something that we have to do because we are all handicapped by the lack of equality of women and men. And violence against women is really just the symptom."
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