Saturday, May 4, 2013
Tiffani Barner is the reigning Ms. Temple Terrace Plus America.
When you see her sitting proudly in the middle of Café Kili wearing her sparkly pageant crown and shiny sash, you would never guess that Temple Terrace’s Tiffani Barner has been through any tragedy. She’s a strong, confident, beautiful 39-year-old, who is approachable, polite and well spoken. She said she likes to try new things and meet new people. But three years ago, someone did something to her that was so horrifying she became an emotional wreck, crying daily and so unable to trust people that she had to quit her job. “I just shut down,” she said. Barner is a rape survivor. She dated a man briefly. He was someone she thought she knew, and she trusted him. And then he forced himself on her. “I was not prepared as a 36-year-old to be …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, South Tampa Patch has put together a list of resources you can use to help discuss the tragedy with your kids and where you can turn for help if you’re experiencing distress over recent events.
As America deals with the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy, many South Tampa area residents are likely trying to sort through their own emotions and come to grips with all that has happened. Parents especially might find it difficult to broach the topic with their children. Some might wonder how much to say in regard to the April 15 bombings that killed three and injured more than 100 people. Here is a list of resources that might help: Do you know of another resource that can help? Share it by commenting below.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The annual event will be held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.
In a few weeks, survivors of sexual violence and their supporters in communities including Seminole Heights will "Take Back the Night" in an effort to generate awareness about the issue in Tampa Bay. "Take Back the Night 2013: Together We Empower" will be begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 700 N. Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa. The interactive event, sponsored by the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, will include sessions on telling your story and coping with sexual violence. We talked to Marilyn Shamblin, outreach and empowerment coordinator for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, about what the event entails. Patch: How did the event come about? Shamblin: Take Back the Night began for the U.S. in the 1970s to shed…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The event will support sexual assault services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
An upcoming comedy show will benefit a local nonprofit organization that helps sex abuse victims. The Smart Comedy Support Group will feature four comedians who will perform to raise money for the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th Street in Ybor City. A $10 donation is suggested at the door. The comedians performing are: Suzanne Willett, Mary Tischbein, Robin Savage and Joe Riga. Michele Wykes, director of sexual assault services at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, said she hopes that the fundraiser allows people to learn more about what the Crisis Center does. "Here's my main goal: Whenever we do outreach education, or something in this type of format, I want it to be a moment …
Friday, April 27, 2012
The third annual Take Back the Night event will take place in downtown Tampa this weekend in an effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.
Friday, April 27, 2012
From Chuck Hamby, public relations manager at Verizon Wireless of Florida. Domestic violence is often treated as a “women’s issue.” This view is inaccurate and ineffective in solving an acute, yet broad societal problem. Abuse in the home has a devastating effect on entire families and communities, so we all need to be aware and engaged. This point should particularly apply for men, who are the abusers in a vast majority of cases but are largely absent from the dialogue and effort to end the pain. It’s critical men discuss their very intimate role in the issue of partner violence, and their responsibilities in helping victims. That is why Verizon Wireless is proudly supporting the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s 2012 Take Back the Night event…