Silent Witness Procession - Walk for Victims

 

November 28, 2019

Victoria Smithey/Pine Bluffs Post

An emotional Mayor Orr, along with several representatives from the Zonta Club, took part in the annual Silent Witness Procession on Monday to stand up for victims of domestic violence. Rebecca Reid from the coroner's office was also present along with members of St. Marks Episcopal Church, and the Triumph High School Z-Club. A tearful Orr spoke directly to the family members that were there representing their lost family members. "To the families, I want you to know that you have my prayers and support. We shouldn't have to have support groups like this, but I am thankful that we do." Stated Orr.

After a procession that included the carrying of silhouettes that represented local women lost to domestic violence, Mayor Orr signed a proclamation condemning gender based violence and supporting sixteen days of activism to help raise awareness about domestic violence running from November 25, 2019, to December 10, 2019. This years march also included a silhouette that represents the indigenous women that have gone missing or have been killed through domestic violence.


After a somber walk from the Capitol Building to the library the silhouettes will be kept in the hall of the library until December 5th telling the stories of women that were taken too soon through violence. Speaking to the younger members of the group Orr stated. "We cannot start, in my opinion, talking about domestic violence too early." Encouraging young women to recognize the signs of abuse, and understand the help that is available out there for them.

In Cheyenne that help comes from an organization called Safehouse. Established in 1985, Safehouse offers help from domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, and elder abuse. Safehouse is a not for profit, private organization that will help women find a way out of a violent relationship. Safehouse will even help the abused person with their children and their pets. The confidential 24-hour hotline is manned by professionals who want to put an end to domestic violence.

If you are a victim of abuse and you need a way out please call Safehouse at 307-637-7233. Safehouse believes that, "Empowerment, self-sufficiency, advocacy...these are the tools the Shelter shares with victims, their loved ones, and our community. It is our belief that you have the power within you to change your life and the lives of those around you for the better. We are simply here to listen, advocate, and empower." You can also find Safehouse online at http://www.wyomingsafehouse.org. Please share and share until there are no more victims of domestic violence.


Victoria Smithey/Pine Bluffs Post

 

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