Candlelight vigil against violence
October is designated “Domestic Violence Awareness Month”. The Soroptimist International of Carson Valley and Family Support Council of Douglas County, along with the help of the Purple Ribbon Coalition, will host the sixth annual Candle Light Vigil.
The purpose of this vigil is to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to alert and educate the public about domestic violence in the community. Domestic Violence is the No. 2 crime in Douglas County. The chances are you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence.E
The vigil will begin at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the pavilion in Lampe Park. White doves will be released by Elise Anderson of Memories on Wings. This is to symbolize the freedom of abuse once the victim has left the relationship and how they grow wings to fly free and create wonderful lives for themselves.
The candlelight walk will begin at 7 p.m., starting at Lampe Park and ending at the Family Support Council. The walk will be led by Rick James, an accomplished bagpipe player. He will be followed by the honor guard, the Douglas County Explorers.E With candles in hand, clergy, local dignitaries, Sheriff Ron Pierini and community members will follow to the Family Support Council parking lot.
The keynote speaker will be Lori Fralik, ombudsman for the Attorney General. Fralik has been instrumental in providing outreach and education to law enforcement, judges, courts and schools. She sits on the Domestic Violence Prevention Council for the Attorney General and also developed a Dating Violence Curriculum for the Washoe County School District.
A victim of domestic violence will tell her story of how she left her abusive relationship and achieved her goals of moving forward in her life with out violence. Silent witnesses will be displayed at the Vigil. Silent witnesses are life size silhouettes of women who have been murdered by domestic violence in Nevada. Attached to them are engraved shields telling each of their alarming stories.
Family Support Council is a nonprofit agency and offers all services free of charge. If you or someone you know is in a violent relationship call (775) 782-8692. There is help available, no one is alone.