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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, 11, 1875 THE LETHBBIDGE HERALD 19 Ottawa rape crisis women cope with X; centre helps mental anguish OTTAWA (CP) A rape crisis centre that opened here in December handled 30 calls from women who sought ad- vice_or just wanted to talk- in its first three weeks of op- eration, but there were no emergencies. Calls are not restricted to rape victims and every day the staff receives calls from concerned husbands, parents and friends asking where a rape or assault victim can go for medical, legal and psy- chological help. The centre handles calls in English, French, German, Italian, Hungarian and Span- ish. Three paid workers and 30 volunteers operate the centre, started with a federal grant. "Usually, the woman wants time to think about the thing for a said one volun- teer. "We get a call a day later." "We have received calls from women who were at- tacked a year ago, and from women who are ashamed or too shy to say they have.been raped and want to be volun- teers. We try to help them all." Volunteers are screened by two sociologists. Those ac- cepted for the work are given at least 30 hours of basic train- ing about all aspects of rape. Training is a continuing process and the volunteers frequently attend seminars on legal, medical or psy- chological aspects. Response from profes- sionals has been "really a volunteer said, and guest speakers from relevant professions provide the widest possible education for the staff. Workers do not offer de- tailed counselling over the telephone. They ask a few preliminary questions and of- fer to send someone to visit the caller to talk things over. "The telephone is too im- said one volunteer. "It is much better and warmer to look at somebody when talking about something as personal as rape." The relationship between a volunteer and a victim may go on for weeks or months, depending on the person and the mental anguish caused by the assault. Psychological counselling is usually recommended and medical or legal help is avail- able if the person wants it but there is no pressure on the vic- tim to take any action. When the time is judged right a weekly discussion group is suggested Where seven or eight women get a chance to talk out their feel- ings. After going to the group sessions, many women are more open in talking about rape, said a volunteer. "This is the only way women will start reporting rape to the police and it is the only way we can bring rape out into the open and have the men prosecuted." In 1973, 26 complaints of rape were reported to Ottawa police. Fifteen cases were in- vestigated but only one case was taken to trial. The ac- cused was acquitted. Police estimate that only 10 per cent of all rapes are re- ported. Women have failed as communicators says personality Betty Kennedy WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) Betty Kennedy, a radio editor and television panelist, said Sat- urday that women have failed as com- municators and have paid for the failure for women have to use our to she said. "We have to take action. I am afraid there is a feeling of sit tight and wait and see. "This reasoning is a real threat to us today. If we sing only one song, women's lib, don t be surprised if people become tired and bored and indifferent." She said women should be concerned about liberation of all people. Mrs. Kennedy, public affairs editor for Toronto radio station CFRB and a panelist on the CBC television show Front Page Challenge, was speaking at the annual Weekend for Women, sponsored by the Centre for Women's Interests and Concerns. Flora MacDonald, Progressive Conser- vative member of parliament for Kingston and the Islands, said Sunday that her project for International Women's Year is to con- vince the Liberals that many women 60 to 65 years old, especially single women and widows, suffer injustices because they lack ample pension benefits. Woman, 83, finds solace in poetry CALGARY (CP) Elaine Catley; 83, says she has found peace and acceptance in a nursing home here by writing poetry "to catch all the beau- ty and sadness and joy and sorrow there is in the world." PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upttlirf) EVERY THURS.-8p.m Mrs. Catley, .who recently published her sixth book-en- titled At The End of the Road- began writing poetry at the age of 13 and since then has written about 400 poems. When she first came to the nursing home, the wheelchair- bound poet asked herself, "How can we bear the empty Her latest book con- tains the poem Sanctuary, her poem of acceptance. At least one person has told Mrs. Catley that her poetry has made a real contribution towards understanding the feelings of those living in a nursing home. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North This Week's Jackpot in 56 5 CARDS Jl CAHDS WuW DOOR WIZE MO one under 1 6 years allowed to play) LtthbrWp Fish Msoc. BINGO Wednesday at 8 GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLi CARDS LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY at 8 P.M. JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 57 NUMBERS OR LESS (IncrMiing tiumbw until won) GAME ISO JACKPOT 5lh OAME lil (X) 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 52 NUMBERS FRII MS MRVICl MOMI AFTIH MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC GUESTS HOBMANOY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER 11 NOT ALLOWED Sponsored by Ladies' Auxiliary 10 Canadian Legion Silicon shots lethal LAS VEGAS Nev. (AP) Plastic sur- geons in this bosom conscious town say the glamour of silicone in- jections has turned into nightmare in hundreds of cases. They're pressing for a state law against future bust building liquid silicone injections, and oppose the possible release by the U.S. Food and Drug Ad- ministration (FDA) of a new silicone fluid for experimental use. Big breasts were the rage in show business a few years ago. San Francisco topless dancer Carol Doda in- creased her bustline to 44 inches from 36 in the 1960s. Las Vegas surgeons say housewives too were standing in line for injection often without the knowledge of the husbands. Also, liquid silicone was being in- jected behind facial wrinkles to smooth them put. The surgeons es- timate that in Las Vegas alone, at least women had injec- tions. But now, about 120 recipients a year are seeking surgical help for problems ranging from discoloration to gangrene within one to 14 years after injec- tions. At least four women have died, Las Vegas surgeons say. Mastec- tomies have been per- formed on many others. BONNIE BELLE COIFFURES "OUR PRICES ARE WITHIN YOUR MEANS" INTRODUCING GLORIA MARTENS Gloria is a long time resident ol Lethbridge and enjoys working with Long and Short Hair She specializes in perms, frostings, bleaches and cuts and styles to suit any occasion. FOR THOSE LAST MINUTE DECISIONS APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY, GLORIA MARTENS Operator LEE ANN COLEMAN Owrwr Operator She paints 'planely' Noreen Schmitt sits on top of a jetliner at'CP Air's Vancouver operations Centre where she works as an airport painter. Noreen mother of three and a part- time psychology student was the first woman painter hired by the airline. Dear Readers: Pass the humble pie. I've done it again. This time to the insurance companies. Remember the letter from the young man whose uncle had throat cancer and com- mitted suicide? The nephew greatly admired his uncle's wisdom. He put it this way: "His business was in perfect order. He had money in the bank. All his debts were paid and his wife will benefit from a very nice insurance policy. Had my uncle spent his money on hospitals and doctors he would have impoverished his family and suffered a great deal of physical agony. The way I see it, Uncle was a wise man. What do you say, Ann I said two things. First, that perhaps Uncle wasn't so wise because cancer of the throat is not always fatal and had he sought treatment he might have beaten the rap. My second statement was a bummer: "It's a rare in- surance ..policy that pays off on a suicide." The morning that column appeared, the Chicago Sun- Times switchboard lit up like a Christmas tree. "Prudential calling Mutual of Omaha on the line George Herr- mann and Company World Book Insurance Occiden- tal Life is waiting..." And so it went. The first letter came from Pierre G. Rothstein of Chicago and then hundreds followed. So this is to tell you that almost all insurance com- panies' will pay on suicides, provided the policy has been ill effect for two years. There are exceptions however, so check YOUR policy for special clauses. Mea culpa and shame on me. Dear Ann Landers: My hus- band and I accumulated 12500 in a local bank by depositing and a week. Our 20- year-old son, who does not live at home, entered our house' when we were on vacation, then presented our passbook at the bank and withdrew by forging his father's .signature to our joint account. Having successfully made his first withdrawal, he proceeded to forge, his father's name at this bank and in other branches in the city. Within two weeks he emptied the account of all but After the first withdrawal he requested a duplicate bank book and was given one so he could return the original to our home, using the duplicate in the hope that he could replace the money before we found out what he had done. We might have been spared all this grief had one person been alert. Why did they give him a duplicate passbook? How could so many people in the respected profession of banking have used such poor judgment? Syracuse, N.Y. Dear Syracuse: I find it fascinating that the thrust of your complaint is that the bank employees "were not alert." The real tragedy is that your son is a crook. Some banks, when they learn they have paid out money on a forged cheque, reimburse the victims. Usual- ly they ask the victims to sign an affidavit giving the bank the right to bring suit against the forger. My Chicago banking consul- tant suggests that you write to the senior office of your bank if you wish to recover the money and prosecute. My ad- vice is to try to get that boy into therapy. A no-nonsense approach to how to deal with life's most difficult and most rewarding arrangement. Ann Landers's "Marriage What to will prepare you for better or for worse. Send your request to Ann Landers, P.O. 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