SCSU Nursing Club to hold benefit for Anna Marie's

Dare to Care 5K

When: Friday, May 2, 2014

Where: Atwood Mall, St. Cloud State University

Time: 6:00P - 8:00P

Cost: General Public $20 (early bird) $30 (day of event)

SCSU students $15 (early bird) $20 (day of event)


Support for New Pet Shelter Needed

At least 48% of women delay leaving their abuser out of fear for their pets safety.

Women who call us looking for safe shelter will often ask what they can do to make sure their pet isn't harmed by their abuser. To address this issue Anna Marie’s Alliance is planning on building a safe home on site for these pets.

Plans for the pet kennel include year round temperature control, sewer and water, and an area where women and their children can play with their pet. Additionally, this will provide an opportunity to teach children kindness and gentleness for all living things.

To make this project a reality we need your financial support.

Cheryl Lightle, in memory of her Schnauzer "Willie", has offered to match up to $10,000 in donations received toward the construction. So, please consider a donation in any amount.

Checks should be made out to Anna Marie’s Alliance. Please note it is for the Pet House. Send to: Anna Marie’s Alliance,  P.O. Box 367,St. Cloud, MN 56302-0367.


Director Deliberations

Charles A. Hempeck, Executive Director for Anna Marie's Alliance

Recently I was out with my family doing some shopping.  At one store I stayed in the van with our two kids as my wife just had to run in to purchase a couple of items.  We were listening to a local classic rock radio   station when the song “Love Hurts” by Nazareth came on. About half-way through the song (as I was entertaining the kids with my air guitar and fine rock-ballad vocal skills) I hear Ellis, my son, ask the following question, “Daddy, does love really hurt?”  Hmmmm, how do I answer? 

Pet SafetyTouches Many

Listen to an 04.14 MPR News program interviewing Anna Marie's Executive Director and Brainerd's Women's Shelter Founder on the importance of safety for the family pet.

The Star Tribune's 4.11 article on how more Shelters are taking pets. Our project gets a mention!

Hear the WJON interview with Anna Marie's Pet Shelter coordinator, Margaret B.

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

National Intimate Partner and Sexual Assault Survey

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention releases 2010 survey results.

  • At least 6,982,000 women in the USA experience rape/stalking/physical violence annually
  • 1 in 3 or 35.6% or 42.4 million women willl experience rape/stalking/physical violence at some point in their lifetime.
  • About 1 in 10 or 9.9% or 11.2 million men in the USA will experience rape/stalking/physical violence by an intimate partner.

Read the full report on intimate partner violence in the USA.

37 Domestic Violence Homicides in 2013

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women released the 2013 edition of the Femicide Report. During 2013 at least 37 domestic violence related murders: at least 24 women were murdered by a former or current intimate partner; at least 7 men were murdered by an intimate partner; at least 6 friends and family members were murdered; and 12 minor children have been left without a parent. Read the full report.