LePage, first lady to attend Guard’s sexual assault, domestic violence prevention event

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:08 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage have been invited as special guests at the Maine National Guard’s Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Prevention event, scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Waterville Grand Hotel.

The Maine National Guard will sponsor a training session around the topics of domestic violence and sexual assault using recent examples to highlight those issues, Capt. Shanon Cotta, spokesman for the Army National Guard, said in a press release Tuesday.

The Maine National Guard, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence and the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault are hosting the event.

Lt. Col. Debbie Kelley, spokeswoman for the 101st Air Refueling Wing based in Bangor and a domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention advocate, helped to organize the gathering, which runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The LePages are scheduled to speak at about 5 p.m.

The event will include a performance by the Portland-based acting group “Speak About It” in collaboration with Walter Corey of the Maine Leadership Institute.

“The performance will include a powerful compilation of true stories, interactive dialogue and post-performance discussions,” Cotta said.

Regionally and nationally recognized experts will conduct additional training sessions, he said.

Maine National Guard members and their spouses, members of other service branches, police and community organizations have been invited to attend, the captain said.