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The Park City Blog Talks about Bullying, the Focus for the 2013 Texas Trailblazer Awards

by Emily Roberts | Aug 27, 2013

THE FAMILY PLACE FOCUSES ON BULLYING AS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GATEWAY

August 21, 2013
Neighbors Go Park Cities

The focus for The Family Place 2012 Trailblazer Awards Luncheon is to raise awareness on how bullying can lead to a cycle of domestic violence. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the Omni Hotel, 555 South Lamar Street, in Dallas. Cynthia Lowen, writer and producer of the award-winning “Bully,” a feature documentary exposing the hidden lives of bullied children, is the guest speaker. The documentary is now the foundation for The Bully Project Social Action Campaign, a collaborative effort by various organizations to end bullying.

“The behaviors we see in playground bullies are the same ones we see in men who batter their wives and girlfriends,” said Paige Flink, executive director of The Family Place. “If we can teach children empathy and another way to handle their anger, we believe that we can prevent future relationship violence.”

A video, produced by 16-year-old Olivia Bolwell, that tells the story of bullying from the perspective of teens from several countries, including America, will also debut at the Trailblazer Announcement Party. “Several people have said that the video has helped them, or helped them to help a friend, who is being bullied,” said Olivia Bolwell. “The person who bullied me had been my friend for three years. “Now I have learned to pick my friends carefully.” Olivia is the granddaughter of John and Jacqueline Dix of Highland Park.

During the announcement party on September 12, The Family Place will announce the North Texans who will be honored at the annual luncheon on September 26, as Trailblazers who are making a major contribution to our community.

The Honorary Chairs are Sheila and Jody Grant. The event Co-Chairs are the mother/daughter duo Barbara Durham and Julie Rado and their husbands Steve Durham and Steve Rado.

For ticket and sponsorship information, visit www.familyplace.org.

About The Family Place: It is the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area. The Family Place reaches out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that have kept women and children safe for 35 years through intervention, emergency shelter, and crisis counseling services.

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