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Chirlane McCray visits Flushing Muslim center for domestic violence campaign

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First Lady Chirlane McCray toured the city last Saturday as part of her “Weekend of Faith in Action Against Domestic Violence” to promote NYCHope, an online portal for communities to educate themselves on abuse, seek help or learn how they can help someone they know who may be a victim.

McCray’s rounds took her to the Muslim Center of New York, located at 137-58 Geranium Ave., in Flushing, where she spoke to the congregation about the city initiative.

“We all know that Islam is a beautiful, life-affirming religion, of justice and peace, and a powerful force generosity and kindness,” McCray said. “But these days, it’s too often portrayed as a religion of oppression and violence, especially toward women. Domestic violence is a topic that is difficult for anyone to talk about, but members of the Muslim community must feel they must defend against the barrage of misconceptions. There’s extra pressure not to expose private struggles and pain, not to air dirty laundry, as some people say.”

McCray invoked the words of the Prophet Muhammad to explain why it is important for the community to have open conversations about issues within families and communities, even if it is uncomfortable.

The creation of the NYCHope portal was set in motion by the city’s Domestic Violence Task Force, co-chaired by McCray and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. By visiting www1.nyc.gov/nychope/site/page/home, residents can learn about how to identify domestic violence, organize safety plans and find family safety centers.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, February 19, 2018
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THINK from Queens says:
Who the F**C Cares. Our taxes wasted on carter this wife of the major political hack who has brought back the good old BAD Days with crime, homeless everywhere and every block with a homeless shelter on every block. Well at least if you are going to talk about domestic violence, the Muslim population is a good place to start considering their viewpoint of women as not even 2nd class citizens, but property to do whatever you wish.
Feb. 19, 12:10 pm
Confused from NYC says:
A culture entrenched in domestic abuse taking advice from a women? LMAO!!
Feb. 19, 5:48 pm

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