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Featured speaker Rus Funk spoke with teen leaders Haley Shipley, center, and Gwen Hoeffger following the New Directions benefit dinner at the Knox County Career Center on Thursday night.
Featured speaker Rus Funk spoke with teen leaders Haley Shipley, center, and Gwen Hoeffger following the New Directions benefit dinner at the Knox County Career Center on Thursday night. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
April 19, 2013 10:49 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — Monday’s bombing in Boston is an atrocity that might seem to have little in common with the crime of domestic violence. But the only real difference between Boston and battered wives is that bombings don’t happen every day.

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New Directions of Knox County is beginning its fourth decade of work on behalf of women and children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse. Several hundred staff members, volunteers and supporters of the agency gathered Thursday night at the Knox County Career Center for a benefit dinner and were reminded that much work remains to be done.

Rus Funk, founder of MensWork in Louisville, Ky., was the featured speaker. He appealed to the audience to establish a goal of making New Directions obsolete by ending domestic violence. To do that, he said, will necessitate fundamental change in social norms.

Audience members cited reasons for domestic abuse including domination, intimidation, poor upbringing and alcohol. But Funk said it’s much simpler than that.

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