It’s the annual take back the night rally to support victims of domestic violence and abuse.
We talked with those at the rally to see why this is so important for them and for you.
It is for women and children… and men to rally around and support victims of domestic violence.
Tim Gienger, PULSE Men’s Group, says, “They’re really not women’s issues, they’re men’s issues too.”
Bonniebeth Maloney, Rural Program Coordinator, says, “People need to stop ignoring it, especially in our smaller areas like this and our rural communities.”
95% of domestic violence victims are women, but men are also apart of it.
“Men are doing this, we’re the one perpetrating some of this violence and so if us as men can be supportive of women and domestic violence then these kinds of things, absolutely going to take that opportunity,” says Gienger.
Around 50 people lined up on the streets for domestic violence.
Maloney says, “I want to do whatever I can do help people that are victims or would like to say survivors.”
Maloney herself witnessed violence in her life and she brought her daughter along to help make her aware.
“I don’t want her to have to do this when she’s my age, I’d like it to be done,” says Maloney.
It is not just for this rally, but the ultimate goal is…
… to acknowledge it, to be able to stop it,” says Maloney.
Taking back the night is also to reclaim the nights and make them safe for women and children.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and to support it, purple is the color to wear.