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32 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 2000 Forum Continuedfrom page 30 For example, he noted, many people delight in the violence of- ten present at sporting events. "Remember the old say- ing," said Poppiti, " 'I went to the fight and a hockey game broke out?' We laugh, but it tells us something POPPITI about what people want to see." Poppiti said he agreed with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's assertion that most of American crime is rooted in some manner to domestic violence. Of great concern now, he said, is the rise in the violent crime rate for the female population, which appears to be a result of females retaliating to acts of violence they have often exp(rienced in their homes or in their relationships. "Women who have been said, too, it was essential for women's treatment programs to focus on "child abuse, sexism, racism and parenting. Young women must be involved in the design/implementation of the programs." Poppiti concluded his address to forum participants with a chal- lenge for them to change the face of a culture that tolerates and even accepts violence. "Each of you is here because you are an engineer of change," he said. "You are the bridge builders, and from out of the depths of the rag- ing waters of violence, pour the foundations of outrage deeply in the bedrock." For more information about be- coming involved in helping com- bat domestic violence, call the Delaware Coalition Against Do- mestic Violence at 302-658- 2958. Victims of violence should call 911 for emergencies. For help with other domestic violence problems, call the Delaware Victim Center at 800- VICTIM- 1. Jen EIIIngsworth photo Lewes Convalescent Center honors volunteers The Lewes Convalescent Center paid tribute to its faithful legion of volunteers on April 11, with a luncheon at Ashby's Oyster House. Shown, clockwise, l-r, are volunteers Pat Moore, Phillis Torrack, Ellie Creshine, George Creshine, Hilda Stutt, Ellie Cathcart, Bill Murray and Marge Murray. Marty Hockersmith, activity director, and Nancy Seitz, activity assistant, said the center is fortunate to have more than 120 volunteers that help with activities and events. "rnese are the best volunteers," said Hockersmith. lhey really know how to get the residents to interact and have fun." For more information about become a volunteer at Lewes Convalescent Center, call 645-66t)6 and ask for Marty. abused are wounded, and some- times they fight back," said Pop- piti. "Women kill their partners, girls join gangs - thus inflicting violence on others...women and girls are at the epicenter of this problem, and as a result of this modern behavioral epidemic, women and girls are going to prison in increasing numbers. "Department of Justice statis- tics for 1993 reported...this Octo- ber suggests that females are at least three times more likely than males to be victims of family vio- lence. -:; "At the same time, studies have begun to show that girls and women make up the fastest grow- ing segments of the juvenile and criminal justice systems.," he said. Poppiti referred to the prob- lem as "a dangerous trend," par- ticularly since statistics show the number of juvenile girls arrested for violent crimes in 1985 was 9,000, compared to 21,000 in 1994. Poppiti urged the audience to place great emphasis on preven- tion and intervention programs that could influence the way fam- ily members interact with each other at home, so violence would not be routine, might not be the only way of life children could ever know so would perceive as normal behavior. "The safe harbor response must not only continue, but it must grow," said Poppiti. "We must respond with pro- grams and assistance that are community based, family fo- cused where appropriate, gender specific and in part created by women themselves." Poppiti supported a Depart- ment of Justice report that recom- mended "community based, in- terdisciplinary programs that pro- vide individual as well as family and community-based treat- ment," he said. "The involve- ment of schools is critical." He With Door Prizes & Giveaways Galore PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL Stock Up On Office & Art ARTIST DAY SA TURDA Enter to win a $300 Gift Friday, April 28th b Saturday, April 29 MIDWAY SUPPLY "A Local Business Serving Local People"