ASPEN - More than 1 billion women and girls around the world will be beaten or raped during their lifetimes - and Aspen is a part of that statistic.
To raise awareness about this issue, the local nonprofit Response is holding an event Thursday at Jimmy's in Aspen as part of a global day of action called One Billion Rising.
"One Billion Rising helps to bring light to the staggering statistics of violence against women on a global level, and Response has partnered with the movement to remind everyone that it happens on a local level, as well," said Jill Gruenberg, advocacy and prevention program coordinator for Response: Help for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, noting that Response served 649 victims in 2012 alone.
"Violence against women is unfortunately not a comfortable or fun topic for most people to talk about," she said. "This event will allow us to bring people together in support of ending violence against women in a way that is accessible, enjoyable and empowering.
"It's not often that we as a community get a chance to speak out, rise up and celebrate the cause - One Billion Rising is that opportunity."
Thursday's event at Jimmy's includes a three-course dinner for $100, of which $50 will be donated directly to Response. Then, at 10 p.m., DJ Mayfly takes over the dining room for the One Billion and Rising Rise Up and Dance Party. A minimum donation of $20 will be collected at the door and includes a cocktail.
For more information on Response or One Billion Rising, call Response at 970-920-5357. To make reservations for tonight's event, call Jimmy's directly at 970-925-6020.