A frivolous flash mob burst onto the scene at Sugar Land's Town Square on a chilly Friday night, lending momentum to a serious subject: domestic violence.
Seemingly out of nowhere, dozens of women and girls materialized and began performing a synchronized dance to the strains of Gloria Gaynor's 1978 hit, "I Will Survive."
It was all organized by the Fort Bend County Women's Center, aimed at bringing attention to abusive relationships, which often unfold in the shadows.
Despite the disco, the message was anything but upbeat.
"It is to illustrate that domestic violence also can happen anywhere at any time," said Vita Goodell, executive director of the organization. "And we really want to get the word out that we are here, we can help people be safe and have some support. And please call us."
The Fort Bend County Women's Center operates a shelter in Richmond which has accepted women from all over southeast Texas (and other states) who are fleeing their abusers.
The hotline is 281-342-4357 and it is answered 24 hours a day.
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