We are the parents of a daughter lost to needless violence, not unlike that which occurred recently in your own community. Regardless of age, race, income, orientation, or any other “status” indicator, our daughter was brutally murdered, just as three other daughters are murdered every day in this country by a partner or ex-partner.
Sexual assault and other gender violence is within the same umbrella. We want to share with you how to take action through our Campaign at http://www.janascampaign.org/take-action/.
Like any parent, friend, or other loved one in such a situation, we were both outraged and devastated. Our community was outraged alongside us, because relationship violence is a community problem, where the system has failed to protect those who live within it. As parents of an amazing young woman, our daughter Jana’s murder was far from expected.
We wanted to act, but with so much happening at once, we simply did not know where to turn.
There were times we felt helpless, and other times the world around us showed us nothing but pity. But we are not helpless people, and neither is your community. Since Jana’s tragic murder in the summer of 2008, we formed Jana’s Campaign, Inc., alongside friends and advocates to prevent such needless crimes from happening again.
Specifically we write today to explain that your community can and should take action to make something good come out of this unfortunate news of violence. Jana’s Campaign has worked alongside the University of Kansas’s Community Toolbox to tailor an action kit specifically to put a stop to gender and relationship violence. You have somewhere to turn.
Please visit http://www.janascampaign.org/take-action/ to get involved and make a difference. Learn how to advocate for change, fundraise, educate and prevent violence, raise awareness, and volunteer directly. Violence in your community is a public issue requiring a public solution.
We are all in this together,
Christie and Curt Brungardt, Mother and Stepfather of the Late Jana Mackey