Silent Witness program

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Sacred Heart Center’s mission is to eradicate violence in the community, especially within families. Today we heard that when it comes to violent crimes and sexual assault, Native American women have the highest rate of victimization from such crimes out of all the different groups in the entire country. The center runs some quality programs for prevention, education, and protection to fight against that scourge, and has been doing so for almost 30 years.

One of the staff told us about the Silent Witness program. The South Dakota coalition against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has created silhouettes of women, children, and the occasional man who die in South Dakota as the result of domestic violence. On these wooden cutouts you can read their story, which certainly tugs at the heart. These “Silent Witnesses” speak loudly about the dangers in our community, and call forth in a loud voice for us to work together to stop violence and strengthen families.

We enjoyed lunch with all the staff. Some of the folks I’ve known for a long time – like Tina remembering her wedding 25 years ago. Other staff are new to the program, like Tammy, who comes from a social service background and will be working with the adolescents. I was heartened in hearing of all their efforts.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 89 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

4 thoughts on “Silent Witness program”

  1. HI FR. STEVE, I TOLD AMY MARIE BLUM THIS MORNING I SENT YOU ALL A LITTLE MONEY. PUT IT CARE OF AMY BLUM.
    I SENT IT WITH EARLY CHRISTMAS CARD. NEVEN RIEDERER

  2. The program you mentioned here sounds like an especially good one and being done right..!HOORAY again for St. Jo’s.
    SOOO much aggressive behavior starts with the need for just a little love..and some real understanding of the problem. It sounds like you are on your way. You can do it..just remember..a little bit of love..
    Hugs and Luck..
    Mia and Bob

  3. Displaced anger is the root of alot of evil that we experience in our lives.
    If we could only mirror it back , and show people how they hurt themselves even more than the victim they have chosen.
    What advice do you have for addressing the anger issues involved in these situations?

  4. We visited the Sacred Heart Center and met some incredible people. The people who work there are so dedicated…and they have such a huge task! Pray for the staff and for the people who come to SHC for assistance!

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