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Workshop to tackle violence

PUBLISHED: 15:47 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 12 August 2010

TEENAGERS are set to take the stage in an educational showcase tackling the issue of violence towards women and children. The Year Ten girls at Beaverwood School in Perry Street, Chislehurst, teamed up with human rights charity Tender to take part in a t

TEENAGERS are set to take the stage in an educational showcase tackling the issue of violence towards women and children.

The Year Ten girls at Beaverwood School in Perry Street, Chislehurst, teamed up with human rights charity Tender to take part in a ten-week drama-based workshop.

Tender has been working with 13 different schools around London to try and encourage kids to build a future where women are free of violence. Laurie Nash who took part in the project said: "I found the domestic violence project extremely interesting. I have learned so much. I have learnt about the excuses and the reasons why people stay. By doing this project I think that if I ever got into a relationship that involved violence that I would now have the confidence to just say no and leave."

The Trust Project, run by Tender was set up in April 2004 and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, comic Relief, London Councils and the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Susie McDonald, education coordinator for Tender said: "Educational arts projects have a tremendous power in allowing young people to explore the difficult issues surrounding abusive behaviour. In Britain, one quarter of all women will experience violence from someone they should be able to love and trust. The youth of Beaverwood School will be expressing their own concerns about what such extraordinary statistics mean for society today.


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