Friday, January 26, 2018

Get Loud! at Wiregrass Ranch High School

Who: Wiregrass Ranch High School students, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, The Spring, and Sunrise of Pasco County

What: Get Loud!

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, during the Wiregrass Ranch vs. Sunlake boys basketball game

Where: Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel

Why: Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. Wiregrass Ranch High School students organized this event to raise awareness about power-based violence (including domestic violence and sexual assault).

How: During the Wiregrass Ranch vs. Sunlake boys basketball game, the students and fans will remain silent until Wiregrass Ranch scores their ninth point. At that point, the gym will erupt, sending the message that we must break the deadly silence about these forms of violence. This event is made possible trough a Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation Community Heroes grant. The students at Wiregrass Ranch High School want to break the silence and encourage students, faculty, and fans to speak out against power-based violence. Students from multiple high schools have created this campaign at their schools to bring awareness to power-based violence. Wiregrass Ranch High School is the first high school in Pasco County to hold a Get Loud! event.

Why is this Important?
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
· 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
· 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
· Only 36 percent of all sexual assault victims ever report the crime to the police.
· 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked.

About Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone. The organization is the community’s gateway to help, hope, and healing, and is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence-based programs designed to meet community needs:

• Gateway Contact Center (2-1-1: suicide prevention, crisis counseling, and information and referral services)
• Corbett Trauma Center (trauma counseling and sexual assault survivor services)
• TransCare (9-1-1 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation)

For more information regarding the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, visit www.crisiscenter.com

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay Media Contact:
Ken Gibson, Director of Marketing & PR
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
Cell: 813-410-4129
Email: kgibson@crisiscenter.com