Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWiC) launched its first annual Power of Women team in 2014. This group of women were nominated due to their leadership in and commitment to the Schuylkill County community. This team is dedicated to demonstrating the “Power of Women” by raising a minimum of $500 each and by spreading awareness about domestic violence to ensure that no woman is left trapped in a dangerous relationship.
Funds raised by the 2014 Power of Women team enabled SWiC to bring the play “Remote Control” to five area high schools and the local Penn State University Schuylkill campus. “Remote Control,” produced by Deana’s Educational Theater (DET), is an interactive play that explores the relationship between two characters, who are dating, and their friend, who becomes an involved bystander when abusive behaviors emerge.
SWiC’s 2015 Power of Women team appropriately included three men as the focus of the funds raised was a workshop led by the nonprofit A Call to Men. According to Ted Bunch, co-founder of A Call to Men, men play a critical role in influencing and developing the next generation, and non-abusive men can help to address the societal attitudes and habits that enable violence against women to continue.
Due to drastic government funding cuts in recent years, SWiC’s prevention efforts have dwindled. The agency is grateful to the Power of Women teams for supporting programs that reach the community in preventing and eliminating domestic and sexual violence. If you are interested in participating on a future Power of Women team, please contact SWiC at 570.622.3991 for more information.