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The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and the Compass Center Announce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :     Thursday, December 15, 2011
CONTACT:   Sara Rabern,  (605) 773-3215

The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault and the Compass Center Announce Partnerships with Verizon for Youth Education Programs

Attorney General Marty Jackley to Take Part in Presentation

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley will announce two grants totaling $30,000 from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, to the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (The Network) and to The Compass Center in Sioux Falls. Both grants will be used for teen education and prevention programs within South Dakota.

      WHO:   Marty J. Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General 
                    Krista Heeren-Graber, Executive Director, The Network
                    Patty Brooks, Executive Director, The Compass Center
                    Verizon Wireless Representative

     WHEN:  11:00 a.m. CST, Monday, December 19
                
     WHERE:      George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Center
                           1302 East Highway 14
                            Pierre, SD  57501

BACKGROUND:  In an effort to prevent teen dating violence, domestic violence and bullying, agencies in South Dakota are stepping up prevention education efforts.  The Network will expand a campaign initiated in 2010 by partnering with twenty domestic violence agencies throughout South Dakota to provide domestic violence prevention, education and awareness presentations to public, private and tribal school children.  In addition, The Compass Center will provide teen dating violence prevention education in partnership with area churches, service organizations, colleges and universities in the greater Sioux Falls area.
           
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sara Rabern                                      Karen Smith
Public Information Officer                Verizon Wireless
Office of Attorney General                612-590-3511   
605-773-3215                                   karen.smith@verizonwireless.com
sara.rabertn@state.sd.us   

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