For Immediate Release: 3/28/2014 4:00 PM

Contact: Karen D. Campbell 301-952-5182

 Show Airs Live 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29th; Features Listener Call-In


Prince George’s County Council Member Karen R. Toles (D) – District 7 will be among the featured guests on WHUR radio’s “The Sighlent Storm,” an hour long program, hosted by Mandrell Birks and Denise McCain.  The program, which airs on Saturdays at 10:00 AM (EST) is unique in its consideration of the issue of violence against women and men.  It emphasizes many interrelated aspects of the issue – physical abuse, sexual assault, young adult violence, hate crimes across the lines of gender, and the gender bias in our judicial system that further victimizes survivors of abuse. The term “Sighlent” is defined as abuse being ignored by families, communities, politicians, and faith based organizations. The term “Storm” stands for the emotional, psychological, social, and physical trauma that families endure during the cycle of physical abuse.

Council Member Toles, along with other County leaders including the State’s Attorney, County Sheriff, and Dr. Glenda Hodges, founder of Still I Rise, Inc., recently hosted a Domestic Violence Awareness and Empowerment Forum to celebrate the courage and conviction of domestic violence victims and survivors during Women’s History Month.  She will be joined on the show by Dr. Hodges, founder of Still I Rise, Inc., and a domestic violence survivor to further discuss the issue.  

“I am pleased to participate in WHUR’S “The Sighlent Storm” program and I congratulate the station for dedicating a show to the issue of safer communities.  Domestic violence is a prevalent and pervasive public safety issue and our community needs to know Prince George’s County stands ready to educate and assist.  We also want to remember the victims, and celebrate the spirit of domestic violence survivors,” said Council Member Toles. 

This edition of “The Sighlent Storm” will air live on Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   To listen, tune in to WHUR VOICES, Channel 141 on Sirius XM Radio; WHUR WORLD, 96.3 HD2;  or Click HERE  and listen online.   Listeners can call 202.319.7810 with their questions or comments. 


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