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The mission of Pecan Valley Regional Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. dba The Ark, is to provide safe shelter and comprehensive resident and non-resident services through advocacy, referrals, and education to support and empower victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, one family at a time.

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April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Kenneth Chisholm, Director of Senior Care Health and Rehabilitation in Brownwood, stopped by the ARKto drop off the money that they made on Wednesday for "Wear Denim Day". Staff at Senior Care paid $2 each to wear jeans to work and they cooked up some delicious Frito Pies for $3 a serving and raised a total of $210 for The ARK! Many many thanks to Senior Care for helping to raise awareness about sexual assault and for helping the ARK!

Denim Day is an international sexual assault awareness campaign that began in Italy more than 20 years ago.

The inspiration came from the 1992 case of a young girl who was raped by the driving instructor of a behind-the-wheel class. The perpetrator was arrested, tried and convicted, but he appealed his case and the Supreme Court overturned his conviction. The Chief Judge reasoned that, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

This ruling outraged women in the Italian Parliament, who all came to work the following day wearing jeans to show their solidarity with the victim. The protest spread and the first Denim Day was born, and it is now observed in the United States as a way to raise awareness about sexual violence and correct the misconceptions that surround it. There is never an excuse for rape, and sexual assault is never acceptable.

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HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

WHILE YOU SHOP!

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Brownwood, Texas – April 9, 2015 - There are a couple of ways you can help, and you don't have to dig into your pockets to do it.  The ARK will receive a percentage of everything you buy at Amanzon.com and also at Kroger's.  It's easy to sign up.  Just follow a few simle steps:

For Amazon.com, you will need to go tohttps://smile.amazon.com/ and sign up.  You will need to choose your charity that you want money to go to, and we are in that list. Put in The ARK and it will come up instantly.Click on us, and then you will be able to continue shopping with absolutely no difference.  We will automatically get a percentage of your sale.  

For Kroger, you will need to get a Kroger card.  You can sign up for one online, or pick one up at the store.  

Link your card at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com.

·      If you have an existing account, click on “Sign In”, otherwise click on “Create an Account”.

·      If you are a new online customer:

o  You will need to enter your email address, create a password, enter your zip code, click on favorite store, and agree to the terms and conditions.

o  Once you are done entering your information you will get a message asking you to check your e-mail inbox and click on the link within the body of the e-mail that was sent to activate your Kroger account.

·      Already have a Kroger.com account?

o  Enter your email address and password and click on “Sign In”.

o  Click on Community then on Community Rewards” then click on enroll now, complete personal information, click on save.

o  Enter your organization’s number or name and then click on “Search”.

o  Select your organization and click on “Save”.

o  To verify that you enrolled correctly, you will see your organizations name on the right side of your account settings page.

o  Once you are linked, you can start earning rewardsimmediatelytoward the organization you are supporting. (Note: The message saying that you are supporting an organization through the Kroger Community Rewards program will start printing on your receipt about 10 business days after you linked your card.)

This is important!  Our number to put into the form i83821.  

 Then you just use your card as usual every time you shop.  

The ARK is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and their families  in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties.  It is a pet friendly shelter so that victims may also bring their pets with them when they come. The phone number to call for help is 325-643-2699.  For more information about the ARK Shelter, you can go online to www.arkshelter.org.  

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