On behalf of all of us at Derby Frontier I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Rienna Nagel, aka Bloody Lotus of Edmonton’s Oil City Derby Girls. A loving mother of five who was adored and respected by her friends and foes on the flat track, Rienna tragically lost her life this past Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Yesterday evening, a post was made on Rienna’s Facebook account inviting all of her friends, colleagues and even her extended derby family, to a celebration of her life this upcoming Saturday, May 10th at the Spruce Grove Alliance Church located at 250 Century Road. In lieu of sending flowers, gifts or cards, to Rienna’s children or family, her mother is asking that people instead donate to a memorial fundraiser set up to support her kids over the coming years. The Oil City Derby Girls and greater derby community of Western and Central Canada are now banding together to raise awareness of the fundraiser for Rienna’s children. Please help contribute to the effort by sharing the memorial page as much as you can!
In response to Rienna’s passing, local law enforcement and the RCMP are urging the general public to raise their awareness of domestic violence. Know the signs and if you suspect it is happening, seek guidance and take action as soon as possible! For those who find themselves in an abusive relationship, it is strongly recommended that you speak to the police in your city or town. Other things you can do for your own safety are to connect with any domestic violence or sexual assault programs in your town, find safe places in your home for yourself to hide if needed, keep emergency contact information on you as often as possible, develop a strong support network (DO NOT keep it a secret) and come up with a code word to warn friends, family, your children or neighbors that you are in danger and that the police need to be called.
Should you be a witness to a family member, friend, neighbor or colleague who is the victim of domestic abuse or sexual assault, REPORT IT! Speak out, confide in others and find the help and resources needed to aid your loved one. Below are a few useful links and resources on domestic violence signs, advice, safety precautions, support services, emergency numbers and contacts:
Help for Abused and Battered Women
Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships
Help for Abused Men
International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Reporting Domestic Violence
PLEASE NOTE: This list is NOT exhaustive, there are many, many more resources available online and within communities everywhere. Check your phone books or contact your local police department for women’s shelters, transition houses, counseling services and support group contact information.