Everett, MA, February 08, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Feel Safe Again, Inc. a statewide grassroots non-profit organization for victims of stalking cordially invites you to attend their First Annual Stalking Conference in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police, the National Center for Victims of Crime - Stalking Resource Center, and AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment) at the Devens Common Center in Devens, Massachusetts on Friday, March 14, 2008, from 8:00am-5:30pm.
“We are extremely excited to be hosting our first conference,” said Cheryl Darisse, founder and president. “There will also be a reception and book signing from 5:30-6:00pm, which will be immediately followed by our Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner from 6:00-11:00pm,” added Darisse.
“We are offering a very personal presentation regarding the stalking and murder of my sister, Sandra Berfield, who was killed on January 20, 2000, by a package-bomb her stalker hand-delivered to her in Everett, Massachusetts.” said Darisse. “It is entitled “Beauty and the Beast” The Stalking of Sandy Berfield,” added Darisse.
Massachusetts State Senator Pamela P. Resor, (Middlesex/Worcester), sponsor of “Sandy’s Law” and Stalking Awareness Month, will be the opening speaker for this multidisciplinary conference. She will be followed by the founder of Feel Safe Again, Inc., several state troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Section, a chemist from the Massachusetts State Crime Lab, an expert from the Massachusetts Coalition of Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Programs, and there will also be a hazardous devices robot demonstration throughout the day.
Additional expert speakers include, Sandy Bromley, JD from the National Center for Victims of Crime - Stalking Resource Center, and Debra A. Pinals, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of “Stalked: Psychiatric Perspectives and Practical Approaches”, and the Medical Director for the Central Massachusetts Area Department of Mental Health.
“We are pleased to announce Lyn Bates, stalking expert, author of “Safety for Stalking Victims” and cofounder of AWARE will be the keynote speaker for our Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner,” said Darisse. “We will also have a panel discussion, including a stalking survivor, a victim witness advocate, and Debbie Riddle, sister of murdered stalking victim Peggy Klinke, who was instrumental in establishing January as National Stalking Awareness Month,” added Darisse.
The organization welcomes donations, and hopes to raise additional funds during their silent auction and raffle. “We are also looking for in-kind donations, and offering sponsorship opportunities to local businesses,” said Darisse. “They can give back to their community and help a victim in need,” added Darisse.
If you are interested in attending, you can purchase tickets and register Online, or mail a completed registration form with payment to Feel Safe Again, Inc. P.O. Box 490188, Everett, Massachusetts 02149. The registration deadline is March 7, 2008.