CLEVELAND – How can we make our streets safer for women?
That was the question hundreds of people brainstormed over at a community forum at the Glenville Rec Center in Cleveland Wednesday evening.
"It's unfortunate that we in Cleveland are getting a bad rap, but I'm here to tell you, we are more than missing people and body parts in this city," said Yvonne Pointer, the mother of Gloria Pointer, who was raped and murdered at age 14 in 1984.
Pointer was one of the panelists at 'Woman to Woman Safety Forum', which included women who are members of law enforcement, local government, the judicial system and community activists.
"As neighbors, we watch out for each other. If something doesn't look right, it's probably not right," Pointer said
"It's been so much violence against women," Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr said.
Carr moderated the forum. She told Fox 8 News the message she would like to get across.
“If you have been victimized, it's ok to come forward. You will get that support that you need to help you get through the system," Carr said.
Friends and family members of murdered Beachwood nurse Aliza Sherman wore buttons that read “Justice for Aliza.” Sherman was stabbed to death in broad daylight in downtown Cleveland on March 24. Police released surveillance video of her possible attacker, but no one has been arrested.
"We're here to work with other people in the Cleveland area who also want justice and to help stop the violence in this city," said Sherman’s friend, Mary Feuer.
The forum was organized by The Department of Collateral Damage, Violence Against Women Coalition.