Everett, MA, March 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- Feel Safe Again, Inc. a statewide grassroots non-profit organization for victims of stalking cordially invites anyone interested, to attend their First Annual Stalking Conference in collaboration with the Massachusetts State Police, the National Center for Victims of Crime - Stalking Resource Center, AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment), and Detective Mike Proctor 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 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, 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, and an expert from the Massachusetts Coalition of Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention Programs.
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.
“Lyn Bates, stalking expert, author of “Safety for Stalking Victims” and cofounder of AWARE will provide us with an opening statement for our Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner, and Detective Mike Proctor, stalking expert, criminal consultant and author of “How to Stop a Stalker” will be our keynote speaker,” said Darisse. “We also have a panel discussion scheduled, including a stalking survivor, a victim witness advocate, and Sandy Bromley who will be speaking on behalf of Debbie Riddle, regarding the stalking and murder of her sister, Peggy Klinke and the establishment of National Stalking Awareness Month,” added Darisse.
“We are also pleased to announce that we have recently received Continuing Education approval. Our application submitted to Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work has been successfully approved,” said 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.
Anyone interested in attending, 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. For more information, call (888) 99B-SAFE or go to www.feelsafeagain.org.
"You don't want to miss this potentially life-saving event."