2010-11-03 / Local News

What is the norm?

Blush event focuses on relationships
Comet staff report

Blush, a nonprofit, community wide organization, is bringing nationally recognized speaker and head of the Take Back the Night Foundation Katie Koestner to Kokomo to discuss what is a normal relationship today.

Koestner is a published author, media personality and leading national expert on relationships, sexuality, dating violence, safety, and technology. When she was 18 years old she was sexually assaulted. She told her story and is the subject of an HBO movie. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, Oprah, MTV, Larry King Live, and others.

The two-day event featuring Koestner will be held at First Church of the Nazarene, Kokomo, on Nov. 12 and 13.

“Katie will be discussing healthy relationships in the world of IM-img, texting, sexting, tweeting, blogging, chatting, gaming, Skyping, Facebooking, or playing Webkinz, to addictions, body image, bullying, dating violence, diversity, mental health, and sexual harassment,” said Blush cofounder Janay Rinehart Martin. “She is armed to do battle in each of these arenas. Katie lays out the emotional, physical, spiritual, and legal ramifications on all these issues.”

The Nov. 12 event is for co-ed middle and high school students and will run from 6:30 to 10 p.m., featuring live music, snacks, prizes and more. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Nov. 13 event will challenge parents, educators and youth leaders to ask what a “normal” relationship is today. This professional development opportunity will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

“Katie has much more than a message of doom and gloom,” Martin added. “Her message is actually littered with inspiration for both youth and adults. She is truly a powerhouse speaker and has such a passion for protecting our kids.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Blushgirls.org or call 888- 509-1840.

Blush was formed by several Kokomo area women as a non-denominational, community wide organization to help youth learn that true beauty is living up to God’s standards, not the world’s. Blush provides a fun and safe place to explore the relevant, everyday issues and pressures that youth face in today’s society, helping them make wise choices and decisions. Blush believes parents play a vital role in setting their children up to succeed in the world.

Blush held its first event last spring with Ashley Hicks, founder of Pinc, Purity & Identity in Christ, as speaker.

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