Campaign against girl-on-girl abuse, violence rolls in to Walla Walla

Two women who are working to put a stop to girl-on-girl violence and abuse will visit the city this weekend.

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The world we live in today is filled with people who hate each other. The hatred might be gang-related, religion-based or another part of this hate cornucopia: "girl against girl" violence and abuse.

Two women who want to put an end to the last variety are traveling the country with their mothers to create a documentary about the problem. They hope to finish the documentary by the end of the year.

Kind Campaign co-founders Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud will be stopping in Walla Walla to film the Fair & Frontier Days parade on Saturday.

After the parade, women who would like to share their own girl-against-girl experiences for the documentary are welcome to join Kind Campaign at the bandstand in Pioneer Park.

The documentary will feature Parsekian and Stroud’s road trip experience as well as the girls they meet at the locations they visit and their stories. In a phone interview, Parsekian said the main purpose of this documentary is to show these problems are a big component of the world we live in today.

"We have already gotten some really, really heavy stories. I think when people watch this that people are going to be pretty shaken up," she said.

Kind Campaign, a nonprofit organization, began in February 2008. According to the Web site, the Kind Campaign is "a movement, based upon the powerful belief in kindness, that seeks to bring awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of abuse within the "Girl World.’"

Kind Campaign also publishes a monthly online magazine, Kind Magazine, which features contributors’ stories about their experience.

"Part of the beauty behind Kind Magazine is that it gives us all a chance not only to share our own experience, but to see that females all over can relate to what you are going through," Parsekian said. "This realization is both comforting and healing, and we are sure will spark the change that Kind Campaign seeks to spread."

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