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05/11/05 - Lufkin

Sexual Abuse, Violence Are Topics At Luncheon

by Ramonica R. Jones

Some East Texas women are trying to spread the word about domestic abuse and sexual assault.

The second annual "Women Who Make a Difference" luncheon was held Wednesday in Lufkin.  Those who showed up enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, and cosmetic giveaway. 

They also talked about the growing problem of family violence against women, especially in Texas.

Sheryl Cates, executive director of the Texas Council on Family Violence, said, "We have work to do in just owning this problem and saying that this is a problem that we think is important.  We want our families safer, we want our neighborhoods safer, we want our communities safer, and we want a safer Texas."

The "Women Who Make a Difference" luncheon is a fundraiser for the Women's Shelter of East Texas.  The money will go toward several projects, including building a safehouse in Angelina County.

Margie Preston, women's shelter director, said, "We've had services in Angelina County for a long time, but over 50 percent of our population of victims we work with come from Angelina County, so we really need to push getting an actual safehouse here."

Last year's luncheon raised about $8,000 for the women's shelter.

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