- "South Dakota has one of the highest rates of domestic violence of all 50 states."
- "5,500 victims per day is over 2 million domestic violence victims per year."
- "Male partners also kill three women every day in the United States."
The billboards, funded through a local non-theistic (atheist, agnostic, humanist and freethinker) and secular-friendly groupÂ—the Sioux Falls Feminists, deliver frank and explicit messages of the pain of people who suffer abuse with a simple message: domestic violence is completely unacceptable and it's also illegal.
There are 26 billboard images in total. Of the twelve static billboards, six are located on Minnesota Avenue and the remaining six are on West 12th Street in Sioux Falls, SD. Digital billboards were erected at Minnesota Avenue and 41st Street, two on South Cliff Avenue, one at E. 10th Street and one final digital billboard on 26th Street. All billboards will play fourteen digital images over the next six weeks. For hi-res photos of each of the billboards, free for media use, go to http://www.siouxfallsfeminists.com/domestic-violence-billboards-2017-statics.html and http://www.siouxfallsfeminists.com/domestic-violence-billboards-2017-digitals.html
Dale Hemming, president of Sioux Falls Feminists, urged people in Sioux Falls to take action against these abuses. "The people of Sioux Falls need to recognize how ugly domestic violence really is, and that it's important for them to understand that it's crucial that instances of domestic violence are reported and not kept a secret." Hemming also added, "It's important for us as a law-abiding society to provide support for victimsÂ—innocent citizens who have a right to a joyous futureÂ—and to help them realize that being a victim of domestic violence is not their fault. Statistics show that there are about fifteen instance of domestic violence that occur every day in South Dakota; about three criminals actions every day in Sioux Falls alone. Victims need to know where they can get protection from this abuse, and we've dedicated a large part of the Sioux Falls Feminists website to assist them with a list of different professional organizations that can assist them with filing reports and then also provide help and safety."
Hemming concluded, "I don't know any reason why people would have a problem with our message unless there is a reticence to bring such moral and ethics issues into the public square. Do people not want all citizens to be free to discuss awareness issues that directly impact their lives? It's time for us to bring these issues into the open and do something about them."
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Sioux Falls Feminists (www.siouxfallsfeminists.com) is a group of people in the Sioux Falls area who help women and children who are or have been victims of abuse victims. Their website provides information on how to distinguish signs of domestic abuse and where to find help. There are many links to help centers, help hotlines, counselors and therapists that can give assistance to women and children who are suffering from any abuse.
Sioux Falls Freethinkers (www.siouxfallsfreethinkers.com) is a home for all those of Free Thought with Open Minds in the Sioux Falls area. The group includes Atheists, Agnostics, and Humanists, those interested in science and Scientists, those who love animals and Zoologists, and Feminists and those wanting to help abused women.
United Coalition of Reason (www.UnitedCoR.org), headquartered in Washington, DC is committed to promoting science and reason, nurturing unity and developing cooperation within local communities. They donate time, resources and cutting edge technology to help a variety of local non-theistic groups grow their presence, expand their outreach and present a positive face for non-theism by doing good together.
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Founder and President
Sioux Falls Freethinkers and Sioux Falls Feminists
Sioux Falls Feminists
Sioux Falls, SD