Turning Point to host Peaceful Assembly to protest domestic violence, sexual assault

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 14, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Hundreds will gather in downtown Mount Clemens on June 25 to stand up to domestic violence and sexual assault during Turning Point of Macomb’s second annual Peaceful Assembly.

Turning Point CEO Sharman Davenport said the event, which will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at the clock tower at North Main and New streets, is a means of spreading awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and putting an end to violent behaviors in a peaceful manner.

“We want people to come together as a community for this peaceful demonstration and allow us to have a voice,” Davenport said. “It’s important that the community realizes the prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence, and we want them to decide to take a stand against it, to step up and say we’re not going to tolerate it anymore.”

That also includes “crude jokes” and inappropriate gestures that are sexist and bring down a community, Davenport said.

“We want a community that eliminates these behaviors and is safe for everybody,” she said.

Attendees at the assembly will hold signs adorned with messages addressing such issues and show their support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Turning Point provides emergency, support and prevention services for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Services consist of an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, advocacy, a personal protection order assistance program, a forensic nurse examiners program for victims of sexual assault, and a prevention education program. The organization’s mission is to financially assist domestic abuse survivors who are transitioning into a safe home of their own, as many lack funds or access to funds for security deposits for a home, to turn on utilities, or to get the household items needed to set up a home.

At the assembly, a keynote speaker will share her experiences as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Kelly, 44, was born and raised in Detroit.

While working toward her college degree and to obtain certification as a mental health therapist, Kelly said she became a victim. She found her voice through both competitive slam poetry and spoken poetry, which helped her become a survivor.

“I utilize it for healing purposes and help others find their voices and get help,” said Kelly, who is a member of the Turning Point Speaker Bureau.

“Speaking gives me the opportunity to talk about my experience and help others. There’s a stigma attached to it, so many people don’t want to talk about it or ask for help.  

“And there is a certain image of what a domestic violence or sexual assault survivor looks like. I have a successful career, but it happened to me. For me, the more I spoke about it, the more I learned that it happened to me and it can happen to anyone. The more I spoke about it, the more comfortable it became to talk about it, which allowed me to help other people.”

And as a therapist, Kelly is able to help clients break through their fears and write about their experiences with unabridged honesty. Only then will they begin to heal and ultimately heal others.    

“I am a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Kelly said.

For more information about Turning Point, visit turningpointmacomb.org.

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