Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia Street, Bangor, Maine

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July 29, Bangor, Maine — Cass Clemmer from the organization “We Will Speak Out” (WWSO) will make an informative presentation Aug. 15, at Columbia Street Baptist Church, 63 Columbia Street, Bangor. Pot Luck Dinner at 6:00 pm with the presentation at 7:00 pm. Cass’s work includes raising awareness for sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). A large part of the work she does, focuses on SGBV that happens within churches and communities. WWSO has direct action plans and goals for local impact. What can you do to end sexual violence? You can speak out!

WeWillSpeakOut.US is a movement of diverse faith groups from across the US joining together with other leaders for action and advocacy to end the silence around sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). Their mission is to work at local, national and global levels to raise awareness, care for victims, encourage law enforcement and change our culture of tolerance and inaction.

The statistics are disturbing. According to the CDC, more than 1 in 3 women have reportedly experienced sexual assault, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. The same is true for 1 in 4 men. Nearly 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 7 men, said they had been hit with a fist or hard object, beaten or slammed against something by an intimate partner.

The WWSO coalition is committed to empowering women and girls, to transforming relationships between women and men, and to ensuring that the voices of survivors of sexual violence – women, girls, men and boys – are central to their work.

Churches are an integral part of communities worldwide, with a mandate to care and stand with people who are marginalized and vulnerable. Shame and fear often lead to sexual violence being hidden in both churches and the wider community.

The coalition partnership works together to harness efforts to prevent and eliminate sexual violence by supporting faith groups to speak out against sexual violence, show strong and positive leadership and become a ‘safe’ place for people to go to.

As both a sexual assault survivor and social justice activist, Cass Clemmer has spent the past four years working to end sexual and domestic violence on college campuses and in faith communities across the country. The daughter of missionaries, Cass recognizes the integral role that Christianity can play in shifting cultural norms and through her work with WeWillSpeakOut.US, has helped educate and prepare churches to SPEAK OUT against the stigmatization of survivors and the culture of violence in this country. Call the church at 945-6616 for information about the dinner. For more information about WWSO, visit