Smolenski brings awareness to victims during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Illinois House of Representatives candidate Marilyn Smolenski is using part of her time in the political spotlight during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to address an issue that has affected her own life.
The Republican political newcomer, who was a victim of domestic violence a decade ago, explains even now the experience is intense to think and talk about and says it can leave more than just physical scars.
"Domestic violence takes many forms and doesn't always leave physical marks, it affects people of all ages, sex, race, religion, marital status and economic standing," Smolenski recently told the North Cook News.
Smolenski, a Park Ridge resident, owns Nickel & Lace, which features a line of concealed carry body-wear holsters especially designed for women. She says being the victim in an abusive relationship led her to the creation of her own small business.
"My experiences led me to taking a variety of self defense courses, which in turn led to starting my own business advocating for women's safety," she said.
Part of Smolenski's advocacy is being a part of public presentations and speaking about the importance of self defense.
"I speak to groups about heightening their situational awareness and encourage them to continue self-defense training," Smolenski said.
Smolenski will be part of an upcoming domestic violence presentation in Park Ridge that will focus on ways to help victims move forward, she said.
The presentation, "From Dark Into Light," will feature speakers from the community who will discuss domestic violence statistics, elder and disabled legal issues, and educating and empowering domestic abuse victims and families.
Smolenski will face off against Democratic State Rep. Marty Moylan in the November election. She has said her biggest priority if elected will be to lower the state's property taxes, which are the second highest in the country.
District 55 includes parts of Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Edison Park, Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg.