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The Calvert County Health Department’s Crisis Intervention Center will host the first Cup of Prevention Family Fest on Saturday to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services.
The event, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the Wilson Ennis Clubhouse, 3150 Solomons Island Road in Huntingtown, will host seminars in Internet safety, healthy relationships and adult self-defense and child personal safety.
“It’s a family-friendly, free event,” said Tara Pavao, the community outreach coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Center.
The event is on the last day of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is from April 21 to 27 this year. The annual observance, which has a theme this year of “New Challenges. New Solutions,” seeks to increase general public awareness of and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime, according to a press release.
The event was made possible through funding awarded to the Crisis Intervention Center from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators through a $5,000 grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Pavao said. The center was one of the 77 projects chosen to receive funding out of 169 applications submitted nationwide, the press release states.
Pavao said what the center needed to do with the funding is have a community awareness project to promote the victims bill of rights. The Cup of Prevention event will focus on how to maximize safety and minimize risk of becoming a victim of all crimes, she said, and also will promote awareness of what to do and where to get help if someone has become a victim of a crime.
Pavao said the center wanted to host a “family-friendly event” that was also informative, where both parents and children could feel comfortable attending in the company of one another.
“We will have moon bounces, face paintings, and food will be present. It’s a real good event to come to and have some family time,” she said.
Pavao said the event will focus on Internet safety because many teens are falling victim to people who use the Internet anonymously, or are sending inappropriate images and language without knowing the consequences; and on healthy relationships because many television shows portray argumentative, dysfunctional relationships.
The event will also feature demonstrations from Kyle Webber with the Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick on “proper tidbits of self-defense” and what children should do if they feel uncomfortable in certain situations, Pavao said.
Many people recognize Calvert County is a relatively safe community, and often feel OK with leaving their cars unlocked with property inside, Pavao said. Some victimization occurs, she said, because people have a false sense of security.
“Calvert County is a very close-knit community, and it’s a very safe community … but again, we just cannot have a false sense of safety,” Pavao said. “I think it’s really good to remind us that we are all vulnerable [and] most vulnerable when we least expect it. … You always have to be safe; you need to be aware of your surroundings.”
For additional information about 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week or about victims’ rights and services in the county, contact Pavao at 410-535-1121, or go to www.calverhealth.org.