Local domestic violence and sexual assault survivors have found support and advocates in a Facebook group, Wyoming Women Warriors. The group, which was started a few months ago in response to a high-profile sexual assault case in Casper, has grown to over 350 members. The women offer each other help and guidance, and many accompany victims to court where they may face their abusers, or to the hospital for a sexual assault examination. It’s encouraging to see women in our city stepping up to help one another.
David Street Station
The Downtown Development Authority recently received a $500,000 grant from the Daniels Fund. The money is earmarked for expanding youth sports opportunities in Casper by finishing the David Street Station. The downtown plaza expansion will include a splash pad, ice skating rink, fire pit, observation deck and more. The development authority’s CEO Kevin Hawley said the project will be completed in May with the help of the grant. We’re excited to see the finished plaza.
Mills is well on the way to becoming a first-class city by the year 2020 by reaching a population of 4,000 — the benchmark for the qualification. Mills Mayor Seth Coleman said the town has experienced significant growth, and though some residents worry that more regulations may come with a first-class designation, the symbolic milestone brings perks as well. “I think it’s amazing,” Coleman said. We think so, too.
Cut it out
A program aimed at training hairstyles domestic violence prevention is sweeping the nation, and has recently come to the Cowboy State. The training teaches stylists how to recognize signs of abuse, and where to refer their clients whom they suspect are being abused. Stylists are in a unique position to help victims. “They have more of a personal connection, so survivors are more likely to reach out and connect on a personal level about what they have going on in their life,” said Katie Hughes of the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. For information about Cut it Out training, contact the Wyoming coalition at (307) 755-5481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.