ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — One in five teenagers are abused in dating relationships. On Saturday, (February 22) local organizations are raising awareness of teen dating violence in a unique way, and you can take part.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter and the NWA Center for Sexual Assault will host a drag benefit to raise money for the cause.
Guests will enjoy big hair, dramatic makeup looks, and a lot of energy.
Joey Baker, also known as “Inertia Dior,” is a drag queen who has performed in several charity drag shows in the area. She said these events have raised over $200,000 for local nonprofits.
“I hope everyone can realize that whether we’re in makeup and raising money, regardless of how we look, it’s about our community and helping people,” Dior said.
Stacy Seger with the NWA Women’s Shelter said the nonprofit has helped thousands of people since it opened in 1986, and staff doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
“We see you, we hear you, we believe you, and we are here for you,” Seger said. “We want people to know that we take everyone.”
“You don’t have to feel like there is no other way out,” said domestic abuse survivor, PK Jackson. “You don’t have to stay in a relationship that’s volatile, is abusive physically mentally, emotionally. There are ways to break free.”
The show takes place at the Fayetteville Town Center on Saturday, February 22 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to get your ticket.