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Brandi Geoit & Kelly Smith

Members & Candidates for Pasco County Commission - Brandi Geoit & Kelly Smith

Chapter Number FL0365

Pasco County NOW takes action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

From the President - Elaine TognerI

Elaine Togneri

I spent today at the PACE School for Girls where the Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, the New Port Richey Library, and Pasco County NOW collaborated with the Girls Spirit Class to teach them about Denim Day. The students decorated jeans for a display later this month.

Denim Day resulted from a 1992 rape case in Italy. The 45 year old rapist was let off by the court that ruled that a 19 year old’s jeans were too tight, so she must have helped him pull them down, thereby consenting. The next day a protest occurred where all the women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans and carried signs that said, jeans were an “alibi for rape.” Women in the US started to wear jeans in solidarity. The court ruling was overturned in 2008, but Denim Day remains to fight the myths about rape.

Sunrise shared the hotline number and that anyone can call anytime and have it answered by a person to talk about their own or a friend’s sexual assault or domestic violence. Sunrise also helps with injunctions, housing, and more.

I invite you all to come on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. when we will display the student’s art work, have music, speakers, and snacks. The event is free and open to the public. We will have a table as will the other groups. It’s a great chance to meet the people at PACE, Sunrise, and our local library.

This is my last column. It has been a pleasure being your president and I am turning over a chapter that has regained its membership and reestablished our presence in our local community. My thanks to our Board:  past president Doris Rosen, VPs Brandi Geoit, Eileen Tisdale, and Bonni Axler, Treasurer Alice Donovan, Secretary Shelah Paivandy, and Parliamentarian Barbara Sullo for their support and guidance.

 In Sisterhood,

Elaine Togneri 

Quote of the Month for April 2018

Don’t cry because you are leaving, smile because you were there."



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