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February 15, 2013

Locals gather to end violence against women

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“Men need to start acting like men and not animals.”

Wurster knows women in the area who have been subjected to violence in many forms, he said.

“Look at the violence in our country right now,” Jon Votraw of Plattsburgh said. “If there’s a time to stop violence, it’s now.”

Former Plattsburgh City Court Judge Penelope Clute said she saw far too many cases of violence against women over the course of her career.

“I was fighting against domestic violence,” in her time as a judge, she said.

While she thinks the North Country is fortunate in that there is less violence perpetrated by strangers than in other areas, domestic violence is just as big a problem here as it is everywhere else, she said.

“I think it’s prevalent everywhere,” Clute said.

Jerry Bates of Morrisonville accompanied his wife, Darlynn, to the event.

The couple are celebrating 30 years of marriage, he said.

“I’m here to support them who have been subjected to violence.”

Bates said violence against women hasn’t been fully recognized and acknowledged, even though the tradition of violence continues today.

The positive energy and smiles on the faces of those around Bates showed the enthusiasm, acceptance and love the group emanated.

“I feel great that there are so many wonderful people here,” he said.

Email Felicia Krieg: fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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