Radio station hosts domestic abuse forum

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - WHBY radio, a media partner with WBAY, held a domestic violence forum over the airwaves, giving survivors a chance to share their stories.

WHBY radio studio

The on-air forum came after this week's murder-suicide in the Village of Harrison, just south of Darboy Community Park. Deputies say Robert Schmidt shot and killed his wife then himself after he was charged with assaulting her at gunpoint and she filed for divorce.

Representatives from four organizations that work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault gathered in the studio at WHBY "NewsTalk 1150" Friday morning for the first of several community forums which they hope will raise awareness.

Over the course of an hour, questions were raised and answers provided in an effort to provide assistance and encouragement to victims who might suffer in silence.

The radio program was organized to place a spotlight on the problem.

"Women don't lie about this issue, so when somebody comes and wants to have the conversation we want to listen to them and we want to believe what they are saying," Amy Flanders of the Sexual Assault Crisis Center said.

"It works partly also because men, the good guys, are remaining silent. The people who are not doing the abusing are not stepping up and saying this is wrong and confronting other men," Beth Schnorr from the domestic abuse shelter Harbor House said.

If you missed Friday's broadcast, WHBY plans to schedule another one next week in an effort to promote an ongoing dialogue.

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