Silent witnesses tell their stories

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Jena Doak, [email protected]

Losing a loved one to domestic violence leaves a person shattered and desolate. One thing remaining is their story, one which leaves a message or lesson.

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The task of the Silent Witness Initiative is to encourage peace, healing, and responsibility in relationships. Wyoming joined the project in 1979 at the State Capitol. Life-sized silhouettes symbolized adults and children killed at the hand of their abuser.

Every year, a different Wyoming county hosts the event. This year, it will be at the WWCC theater on Saturday, October 8, at 10:00 a.m. There will be speakers, presentations, and yes, victims represented by cardboard silhouettes, each donning an attachment describing their story.

Those whose lives are not devastated by such a loss are still encouraged to attend Saturday’s ceremony. General awareness of the enormous problem leads to taking steps to save someone’s life. Victims all need someone outside the home to talk to or run to in times of severe threat. The ceremony tomorrow is an invitation to spread awareness.

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