Ladies at Lunch

Having sacred conversations and changing lives.

Why are we called Ladies At Lunch? Women often share their most intimate and personal details over lunch. Hopefully, after one of our events you will be inspired to have a sacred conversation with someone.

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Who We Are

“Sometimes you just have to die a little inside in order to be reborn and rise again as a stronger and wiser version of you.”

Recently, an alarming number of luminary women have decided to speak out against sexual violence. In wake of this revelation it has become imperative for Ladies At Lunch to give “the woman next door” an opportunity to have her voice heard.

For over a decade, we have created evenings with panel discussions and experts in their field to speak about how women are affected by sexual violence.

Ladies At Lunch would like women to know that domestic and sexual abuse crosses all demographics. It doesn’t matter if you’re intelligent, successful and independent. You or someone dear to you could be a victim. We plan to remove the shame and stigma attached to these crimes.

Why are we called ladies at lunch? Women often share their most intimate and personal details over lunch. Hopefully, after one of our events, you will be inspired to have a sacred conversation with someone.

President and Founder,
Yolanda Lawrence

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What We Do

We plan to remove the shame and stigma attached to this crime.

Join us at our next event. Our events encourage open dialogue about sexual abuse, domestic violence (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) and cyber sexual abuse. We share with health professionals and panel discussions in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with music, poetry and gifts from sponsors. This setting has proven effective in facilitating feelings of openness for women to share their stories and find resources.

Power and Control

Know the signs

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Masquerade Salon Series

National City Tours

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Held at local salons with gifts from sponsors beauty suppliers The event is free to all attendees. It will take place in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with music, and gifts from sponsors. This setting has proven effective in facilitating feelings of openness for women to share stories and find resources.

#Speakout

No Excuses

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“There Is Never An Excuse For Domestic Violence Or Sexual Assault.

  • No More Excuses
  • No More Silence
  • No More Violence”

An Evening Just for You

Cocktails & Conversations

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Encourage open dialogue about domestic violence (DV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The event is free to all attendees. It will take place in a relaxing atmosphere, complete with music, poetry and gifts from sponsors. This setting has proven effective in facilitating feelings of openness for women to share stories and find resources.

No Means No

Pre-teens and Teenagers

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Creative exercises in schools that open dialogue about consent with pre-teens and teenagers in the era of social media. With emphasizes on healthy relationships while offering information regarding cyber abuse, intimate partner abuse and sexual violence.

Know the facts.

Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.

Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.

Every day in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

Where to Go

Get help to silence the shame.

Resources are available to help heal the effects that show up in other aspects of our lives.

  • St. Luke’s Crime Victims Treatment Center
  • 212 523-4728
  • (DOVE) Domestic & Other Violence Emergencies
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital Program
  • 212 305-9060
  • NYC Anti-Violence Project
  • 212 714-1141
  • Safe Horizon’s Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest Hotline
  • 212 227-3000
  • NYPD Sex Crimes Report Line
  • 212 267-RAPE (7273)
  • Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Hotline
  • 212 335-9373
  • Rape Abuse & Incest National Network
  • 800 656-HOPE
  • (Online Hotline) https://online.rainn.org
  • Fordham-Tremont Community Mental Health Center
  • 718 960-0215 or 718 960-0300 (Spanish)
  • Bronx residents ONLY
  • Maimonides Community & Mental Health Clinic
  • 718 283-7978
  • The 5th Avenue Center for Counseling & Psychotherapy
  • 212 989-2990
  • Support Group for Adult Female Survivors of
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • 212 423-2140
  • Inpatient Psychiatry Program
  • 212 305-2599
  • New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  • 212 229-0345
  • The PurpLE Clinic, Medical Services for Survivors
  • 646 946-4482

Contact Us

Get in touch, whether for yourself or someone else. Let the healing begin.

Board of Directors

  • Chair
    Odiya Oyo
  • Vice President
    Rashid Lawrence
  • Executive Secretary
    Rhonda Vinson
  • President and Founder
    Yolanda Lawrence
  • Treasurer
    Gina Bolden-Rivera
  • Visual Director
    Patricia Montague
  • Managing Director
    Ovita Williams, LCSW-R
  • Psychologist
    Dr. Jeffrey Gardere
  • Medical Doctor
    Dr. Sandra Scott
  • Attorney
    Jeffrey M. Wooten, Esq

info@LadiesAtLunch.org 646.965.6201

Where To Find Us

245 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
U.S.A.

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