AWC Going Dutch May_June 2019

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The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

Announcements (cont.)

Continued from page 49

The Hague Urban Trail

More of a “fun run” than a race, participants

can choose either a 5K or 10K course

which loops not just around historic buildings

and secret spots, but through them as

well making this truly a unique way to see

and experience an entirely different side of

The Hague. The Urban Trail on Sunday,

July 7, also makes running more accessible

for those who don’t want the pressure of a

timed race. www.denhaagurbantrail.nl

North Sea Jazz Festival

The world’s largest indoor jazz festival will

be held at Ahoy in Rotterdam on July 12 –

14. Groove and move to the beat of swing,

bop, electronic jazz, blues, gospel, funk,

soul, hip hop and Latin. www.northseajazz.

com

Rotterdam Summer Carnival

Rotterdam celebrates cultural diversity

during the Rotterdam Unlimited Festival

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which will immerse the city in music, dance

and carnival from July 23 – 27 in one of

Europe’s largest free street festivals. The

Summer Carnival Street Parade features

amazing costumes on over 2,500 energetic

dancers and 30 floats on Saturday, July 27 at

1 p.m. www.rotterdamunlimited.nl

Amsterdam Gay Pride

For 24 years Amsterdam has celebrated

diversity at the end of July and beginning

of August each year with live music and

street parties. The world’s only gay Canal

Parade on Saturday, August 3 at 12:30

p.m. is definitely the highlight! www.

amsterdamgaypride.nl

Wild Rooster Festival

Raise a little hell at this annual free music

festival in the city center of The Hague on

August 23 – 24. When the summer is at its

hottest, life on the Grote Markt revolves

around two days of BBQ, beer and rockabilly,

bluegrass, blues and rock ‘n roll. www.

wildroosterfestival.nl

Jazz in the Canal Festival

This free event is held annually on the picturesque

canals of The Hague around the

Bierkade, Groenewegje, Veenkade, and

Hooikade. On August 29 – 31, musicians

will perform as they pass by these canal

quaysides on flat bottom boats. The canals

will be swinging to jazz, blues and other

musical influences. www.jazzindegracht.nl

Keri Potts: Assault and

Survival in Rome

by Suzanne MacNeil

Of the many workshops I attended at

the FAWCO Biennial Conference in

Edinburgh, the one led by Keri Potts

has stuck with me. Potts, Senior Director of

Communications for ESPN, told the workshop

attendees via Skype about her work to

help women who are sexually assaulted while

on vacation in a foreign country. It’s a subject

she understands all too well.

Potts was visiting Rome in 2008 when she

was assaulted by a man who also attempted

to rape her. She was able to free herself and

to identify him to police. It took two years

of international legal wrangling before her

assailant pled guilty and was given a suspended

sentence of 11 months and 10 days,

and ordered to pay all of Potts’ $10,000 in

legal fees.

It has been more than ten years since Potts

was assaulted and she hasn’t stopped

working to help other travelers who’ve

found themselves in similar circumstances.

Potts founded A Fight Back Woman, Inc.

(www.afightbackwoman.com), which

provides best practices to businesses and

organizations about issues of sexual and

interpersonal violence. In addition, she’s

now the Vice President of the Board of

Pathways to Safety International (www.

pathwaystosafety.org), the organization

whose ad often runs in Going Dutch and

whose poster is hanging in our Clubhouse.

Pathways to Safety is the only US-based

organization that provides comprehensive

services to the millions of Americans who

are at risk of being sexually assaulted or

abused while traveling or living abroad.

Pathways to Safety International has a 24/7

hotline that’s confidential and anonymous.

Please add the organization’s phone number

(833-7233-833) to your contacts list.

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