Parents of Crystal Brame to speak in SK
June 12, 2008 · Updated 9:43 AM
Domestic violence can happen anywhere at any time, but few incidences in recent memory were as public or shocking as the murder of Crystal Judson-Brame, killed four years ago by her husband, Tacoma Police Chief David Brame in Gig Harbor.
Since their daughter's death, Lane and Patty Judson have tried to bring her side of the story to the public, creating a presentation they have brought to local military bases, churches and other gatherings.
"From what I hear, it's a very good program," said DeLona Kent, treasurer of Port Orchard's chapter of Business and Professional Women, International (BPW), explaining that the Judsons will present "Domestic Violence: Past, Present and Future," a talk and slide show that focuses on their daughter's life, along with her ultimately fatal experience with domestic violence.
"We thought we'd like to present it, and that hopefully women from other groups, like the YWCA or Olympic College, would attend and perhaps they might host the presentation, as well," Kent said, adding that as far as she knew, Wednesday would be the first time the Judsons brought their presentation to Port Orchard.
Kent, a Port Orchard resident who has been a member of BPW for "50 years," said no woman -- or man -- is immune to domestic violence, even women who are very capable and successful in other areas of their lives.
"Domestic violence can happen to any woman," she said, explaining that she hoped that young women in particular would be seeing the presentation.
"I was really hoping they might be interested in having it at the high school," she said. "I think domestic violence starts young, when a lot of people are in still in school."
Kent said the presentation will be held at Purple Fig Catering, which operates out of "The Story Book Wedding Chapel" on Cline Avenue, and the price of the event, $20, includes dinner.
She said while the event is technically the group's monthly meeting, no regular business will be conducted, rather, "we will be devoting the whole meeting to the program."
Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and Kent said she expects the presentation to begin at 7 p.m., and last about an hour.