It's always great to hear that communities in Connecticut are stepping up against violence. But at the same time, I'm saddened we continue to have the need for it.

I wish we never had to have these conversations. I wish for a world where we don't disrespect one another. I wish for a world where we don't commit acts of violence against one another. Maybe we'll move closer to that place in 2017. But until that happens, at least local communities still try to make an effort to reach out and educate.

According to the Stamford Advocate, a forum looking to prevent violence against women will be held in New Canaan. National and local experts will be on hand for the forum December 1 at the Grace Farms Foundation, 365 Lukes Wood Road in New Canaan Connecticut.

The forum is called, Changing the Culture: The Violence Against Women Act in 2016 and will feature numerous speakers and national experts. Conversation and openness about violence can indeed by part of the key to changing the culture of violence.

The event, which starts at 9:15 a.m., is free but you must register in advance. For more information or to register go online to gracefarms.com

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