The #metoo hashtag went from a viral rallying cry to an international movement. Supporters will hear founder and social activist Tarana Burke share that story at the 12th annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon Feb. 28 at Royal Palm Yacht Club.
Tickets are $175 on the AVDA website. “Tickets are selling at an all-time high, but we still have some left,” O’Brien said about their speaker.
O’Brien reached out to Burke after she was inspired by a news report, and arranged her visit more than a year ago. Burke is expected to talk about her work to end sexual violence. That fits right in with AVDA’s mission to promote violence-free relationships, O’Brien said.
The agency is one of two domestic violence agencies in the state and has a safe shelter, crisis hotline and preventative programs and workshops. Their annual luncheon will also honor a survivor of a stranger abduction and rape, Julie Weil.
Weil leads a nationwide movement to investigate old rape kits. “She encourages law-enforcement to use DNA testing, resulting in convictions. She’s an amazing advocate,” O’Brien said.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services will be honored for assisting residents in AVDA’s transitional housing, Casa Vegso. “They send a social worker to us once a week to be available to discuss financial assistance for emergency needs,” O’Brien said.
Palm Beach County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center will also be honored as part of the sexual assault response team.