ARNOLD, Md. (April 27, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will receive the DeStefano Service Award for his efforts to combat domestic violence at the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event sponsored by the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel Community College. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fundraising walk to raise awareness of sexualized violence. In addition to the award presentation, the event program features Jennifer Wheatley-Wolfe, author of One Voice Raised, A Triumph Over Rape, who will recount her empowering experience testifying against the man who raped her 20 years after the crime was committed. Chief Investigator David H. Cordle, Sr. will give a detailed account of how Jennifer’s case, at one point thought to have gone cold, was eventually solved. Each year, thousands of men, women and children across the country participate in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events, with many of the men wearing women’s shoes to emphasize their commitment to the cause. For more information visit here.
Combating domestic violence is a personal cause for Lt. Governor Brown. In August 2008, his cousin Cathy was senselessly murdered by her estranged boyfriend. Building on his experience as a legislator and the perspective provided by this tragedy, Lt. Governor Brown has championed reforms to combat domestic violence and help victims. Brown led successful efforts in 2009 to improve domestic violence laws by giving judges the authority to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. In 2010, Brown worked with members of the General Assembly, domestic violence advocates and stakeholders to pass legislation allowing a victim of domestic abuse to terminate a residential lease with a copy of a final protective order. Most recently, during the 2012 legislative session, the Lt. Governor advocated for legislation enacted by the General Assembly to provide unemployment insurance benefits for individuals who must leave a job to escape domestic violence. Under the O’Malley-Brown Administration, domestic violence deaths in Maryland have dropped by 41% over the past three years.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Receive YWCA Service Award at “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”
WHERE: Anne Arundel Community College Track
101 College Parkway (enter from Ritchie Highway by Big Vanilla)
WHEN: TOMORROW, Saturday, April 28, 2012