VERIZON WIRELESS TO HOST FREE SCREENING OF “TELLING AMY’S STORY” DOCUMENTARY
Carol Stoops to speak on effects of domestic violence in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Okla — In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless is hosting a screening of “Telling Amy’s Story” at the Oklahoma City Myriad Gardens.
Domestic violence awareness advocate Carol Stoops will be the introductory speaker for a free local screening of the powerful documentary “Telling Amy’s Story,” the story of a young mother who died at the hands of her husband as she was trying to leave their abusive relationship.
Free Movie Screening – Telling Amy’s Story
“Telling Amy’s Story” will be shown on the great lawn in the Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, October 9, at 7 p.m. Parking is available around the perimeter of the Myriad Gardens.
“Telling Amy’s Story” chronicles the time leading up to the death of Amy Homan McGee, a mother of two who was shot and killed in 2001 by her husband. McGee was an employee of Verizon Wireless.
“There are, on average, 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Oklahoma each year,” said Jan Peery, chief executive officer of the YWCA of Oklahoma City. “That ranks our state as 17th in the nation per capita for the number of women killed by men as a result of domestic violence. Domestic Violence has no boundaries. It affects so many in our society – and the majority of these victims live in silence because they don’t know where to turn for help. It’s our goal to inform our communities of the resources around them so they can reach out for help.”
Documentary Includes Introduction by Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay of NBC-TV’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, introduces the documentary. The Joyful Heart Foundation works with survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
“The act of reaching out for help and breaking the silence is an act of utmost courage,” said Hargitay at a premiere of the documentary last spring held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. “The film brings together the power of media with public broadcasting. For so many survivors, the path to safety is sustained by the community.”
Assist Victims of Domestic Violence Through Hopeline
Guests who attend the showing of Telling Amy’s Story are invited to contribute an old mobile phone to Verizon’s Hopeline program.
As a technology company, Verizon Wireless supports victims of domestic abuse through its Hopeline program, collecting no-longer-used mobile phones and accessories from any carrier to be refurbished and donated to domestic violence shelters and other support organizations such as the YWCA or Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA). Since Hopeline was created in 2001, more than 9 million phones have been collected to be repurposed for victims. Phones that can’t be refurbished are sold and turned into Hopeline grants that support these agencies and organizations. Since 2001, more than $14 million in Hopeline grants has been awarded to organizations nationwide. Hopeline collection bins are located in Verizon Wireless stores nationwide throughout the year. To learn more about Hopeline, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.