The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

June 26, 2010

‘Safe Dates’ leads to ballcap logo

Crisis Center to raise funds with cap sales

OTTUMWA — “Real Men Know: Strength Is Not For Hurting.” That’s a true statement and it’s also a winning ballcap logo.

The Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter in Ottumwa recently presented the “Safe Dates” curriculum to Corydon High School students, according to Cheryl Brown, the shelter’s executive director.

Brown said Friday the “prevention of dating abuse is an important step” in reducing the larger problem of violence against women.

“Reducing dating abuse requires effective prevention tools that are scientifically-based,” Brown said. “’Safe Dates’ is a research-based program with strong long-term outcomes.”

In order to reinforce the curriculum’s concepts, students participated in a contest activity for designing a logo for baseball caps, which the Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter could then use for a fundraiser.

Brown said the shelter’s board of directors chose the design, which was created by Kelcey Leopard of Corydon. In addition to her winning logo, the two-toned gray cap also includes a purple ribbon, which says “Stop Domestic Violence,” on its bill.

The caps cost $10 and are available by calling the shelter, (641) 683-3122; or contacting the Crisis Center Outreach office, 421 Church St., which is next to Taco John’s (free parking behind the building.) For information or assistance, call (800) 464-8340.

“It’s our hope that men and women in all communities will adopt this logo and would help in our cause to prevent domestic violence by wearing these caps,” Brown said.

Cindy Toopes can be reached at (641) 683-5376 or via e-mail at

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