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Our VOICE’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, 40 Years of Starting Conversations Featuring Keynote Speaker Anita Hill, Professor of Law, Brandeis University

As one of the first incorporated rape crisis centers still operating in North Carolina, Our VOICE will celebrate its 40th Anniversary on September 4, 2014, at the Diana Wortham Theatre featuring keynote speaker, author, and Brandeis University Professor of Law, Anita Hill.

The celebration will provide an opportunity to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of Our VOICE and the individuals who have supported the organization in striving to create a community that is free of sexual violence.

"For forty years, the people of this organization have called attention to sexual violence in effective and community changing ways. I could not be more proud of the work this organization does or the people who continue to support it," said Andrew B. Parker, Our VOICE’s Board President and local attorney.

Ms. Hill has raised awareness nationwide on the issue of sexual harassment. Due to her efforts, Congress passed a law that allowed sexual harassment victims to receive compensation for their damages, including back pay and job reinstatement. Hill's latest book is Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.

“We are honored to have Ms. Hill as our keynote speaker. One of the biggest challenges we face in ending sexual violence is silence. Ms. Hill started a national conversation by disclosing her experience of workplace sexual harassment and focused the country’s attention on a difficult topic too often met with silence,” says Angelica R. Wind, Executive Director of Our VOICE.

Tickets for the celebration are expected to sell quickly and will be available for purchase starting July 25th at Our VOICE, Malaprop’s, and the aSHEville Museum.

For more information about Our VOICE programs and its 40th Anniversary Celebration Event, go to www.ourvoicenc.org or call 828-252-0562.

About Our VOICE

Founded in 1974, Our VOICE began as an all-volunteer, grassroots organization called the Rape Crisis Center of Buncombe County.  The focus early on was to provide crisis intervention services and counseling referrals to victims of sexual violence.  Over time, the agency added a 24/7 crisis line with the help of volunteer advocates, free counseling to primary and secondary survivors, and educational programs focused on preventing sexual violence.