Help Freeman Center help women in need
To the editor:
Although we are fortunate to live in a country where we take for granted our many freedoms, there are too many women among us who are not able to experience a freedom from fear.
On Sept. 15, many men will walk down North Street in Pittsfield in women's shoes to show support for female victims of violence. I encourage many more to join them for this symbolic effort to demonstrate to all that violence against any person should not be tolerated.
If you are not able to join their ranks then please consider a donation to the Elizabeth Freeman Center, the sponsor of this walk. EFC is the agency responsible for providing support for victims of domestic violence. It offers counseling, shelter, advocacy and educational programs as well as a variety of other intangible services in an effort to help women get back on their feet after a history of oppression. Most of these women have limited resources when they come to EFC and have nowhere else to turn.
It might seem to some that in a county as resource rich as the Berkshires that this is an uncommon situation. But, having worked in the Pittsfield Office of the Department of Children and Families for more than 30 years, I can assure you that this problem is very real. On a daily basis, the department receives reports of women who have been physically and emotionally mistreated by their partners. The devastating impact this has on children and families often takes years to resolve.
EFC is doing the work necessary to help. It deserves your support.
John Whalen, Great Barrington