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Liz Claiborne Inc. and Redbook magazine have designated September 21, 2006 IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY to bring awareness to the important issue of domestic violence. Liz Claiborne and Redbook hope that by filling the air waves, the phone lines, the schools and the heart of American commerce with information on this pervasive problem, they will raise enough awareness that eventually this horrible epidemic finally will be wiped out once and for all. And you are invited to join them!

"Domestic violence is a problem that is more common than breast cancer and more insidious than AIDS, yet, by its nature, makes people uncomfortable. Designating September 21 as IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY is our way of turning this private problem into a social issue that all Americans can work to eliminate," said Paul R. Charron, chairman and CEO of Liz Claiborne Inc.

Nationally, IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY will include the following activities:

Talk Radio:

Liz Claiborne will again sponsor Talk Radio Row. Talk Radio hosts from across the nation will devote several hours of airtime throughout the day (5:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET) to address the issue, featuring interviews with more than 20 U.S. leaders, experts and celebrities who advocate domestic violence awareness. Leading Talk Radio Hosts from around the country will spend a day at Liz Claiborne headquarters in mid-town Manhattan with the sole purpose of interviewing individuals about domestic violence - how to prevent it, what bystanders can do, why men need to be involved in prevention, how victims can get help, and more. Last year, Talk Radio Row was an important and productive experience, not to mention extremely successful, with talk radio hosts dedicating an unprecedented 28 hours of radio time to discussing the issue of domestic violence through 900 stations across the country reaching more than 12.5 million listeners.

Redbook and Liz Claiborne Inc. Bystander Survey

The release of results from a ground-breaking poll commissioned by Redbook and Liz Claiborne Inc. on the roles and perspectives of "bystanders" - the friends, family and acquaintances who see the abuse.

CAEPV Activities:

In Central Illinois, Radio Bloomington and local CAEPV members are co-sponsoring IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY to raise awareness throughout local communities. This year the focus is healthy relationships and the effect of domestic violence on children. Local CAEPV members will be participating in IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY in the following ways:

  • Holding a press conference to announce IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY at Illinois State University
  • Local governments and universities issuing proclamations of IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY and encouraging citizens to take a moment to talk about domestic violence -- -- including the City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, McLean County Government, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Distributing educational materials in workplaces*
  • Distributing domestic violence awareness brochures to clients*
  • Holding seminars for employees
  • Holding "Healthy Relationship" forums at Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and downtown Bloomington throughout the day
  • Providing information to employees via the Internet and Intranet
  • Writing informational articles for employee newsletters*
  • Working with local schools to share the message about healthy relationships
  • Providing Public Service Announcements and radio interviews (Radio Bloomington)
  • Extensively running a special television show about domestic violence in all residence halls the week of September 17 - 23 (Illinois State University)
  • Insight Cable will air a special Crime Stoppers episode entitled Domestic Violence on Bloomington-Normal's public access Channel 5 during the week of September 17- 23
  • The Students Embracing Diversity Club at Normal Community High School will have a display and literature set up in the atrium of their school
  • Parkside Junior High will hold an open, voluntary forum for 7th and 8th grade girls during their study hall time to discuss healthy relationship issues and will post the content on the school website so parents can see what is being offered (September 19)
  • Providing a healing opportunity event for survivors of domestic violence (closed to public)

* Sample Resources:

All of the day's events work together to convey the message that each of us has a responsibility to discuss and learn about domestic violence. More ideas will come as plans are finalized, so please check back often!

Local participants in IT'S TIME TO TALK DAY 2006 include:

Radio BloomingtonCity of Bloomington
Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
Collaborative Solutions Institute
COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
Family & Community Resource Center
Illinois State University
Illinois Wesleyan University
McLean County Government
McLean County State's Attorney's Office
Mid-Central Community Action's Countering Domestic Violence Program
PATH (Providing Access to Help)
Soroptimists International (Midwestern Region)
State Farm Insurance Companies
The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington/Normal
The Center for Prevention of Abuse (Peoria)
The Children's Foundation (a program of The Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois)

Town of Normal
YWCA of McLean County


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