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Speaker Sydney Mastey, Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse volunteer, talks to upperclassmen on April 19 during Lunch and Learn B in the high school gym.

Speaker Sydney Mastey, Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse volunteer, talks to upperclassmen on April 19 during Lunch and Learn B in the high school gym.

Speaker Sydney Mastey, Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse volunteer, talks to upperclassmen on April 19 during Lunch and Learn B in the high school gym.

By Kat Caven, Reporter

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The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Superior presented to the student body during A and B lunch on April 19.  The visit was organized by Student Council.

Speaker Sydney Mastey presented information to upperclassmen during B lunch. She talked about what unhealthy relationships look like and how to foster healthy ones.

“The main thing to understand is that abuse happens,” Mastey said. “If it’s not you that stands up for the abused, then who is going to?”

Mastey was introduced to CASDA through a service learning program at University of Wisconsin Superior. She then volunteered time at CASDA.

CASDA’s mission is “to provide supportive services to individuals hurt by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse while advocating for a community effort to end violence,” according to their website, casda.org.

The school administration has been working with CASDA for the past seven years, using the center as a resource for domestically and sexually abused students and their families. The partnership resulted from a school-wide confidential survey where students were asked, among other things, questions about whether they had experienced abuse in their families and relationships.

Student Council advisor Tiffany Mattson is on the Board for Domestic Violence Community Response Service for all of Douglas County. Mattson aimed to present an informational assembly to the school for a few years, and finally succeeded in coordinating scheduling with administration this year.

“It’s been a hard labor of love,” Mattson said. “We tried really hard last year to have a presentation and even the year before that and there were just some things that we need to work out with the school district.”

CASDA offers peer counseling, group therapy, emergency refuge, legal services, and a 24-hour service line for the victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Duluth, Superior, as well as the Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties.

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