A local group wants to stop violence like rape and human trafficking, and it's giving women the tools to fight back.
Leaders held a forum in Glenville Wednesday night moderated by Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey S. Carr.
Other speakers included City Council members, two Cuyahoga County judges and law enforcement officials from all over.
The group hosting the event hopes it will be a catalyst for more women to take a proactive approach to their safety.
"This is not about discussing what the problems are, we already know the problems, but what can we do collectively to come up with some solutions," explained Yvonne Pointer, who became a community activist in the wake of her teenage daughter's murder.
Pointer was one of nine panelists who addressed the crowd at the women's safety forum.
"A lot of people don't want to get involved because they're afraid; but guess what I'm more afraid not to get involved, because what we're going to find is this is just not an inner city problem against women, this thing is everywhere," she said.
"I think just speaking out and telling the public, the city, that this is not ok what's happening to our loved ones, these women, and we wont rest until something is done," added Jennifer Sherman who is still seeking justice for her mother's murder in downtown Cleveland just months ago.
"I wake up everyday and the only thing that gets me out of bed every day is knowing that I have to fight not only for my mom's justice but just for all the women," she said.