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October 14, 2013

Rally puts domestic violence in sharp focus

Speakers at E'town event share pain, future hopes

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“No one, no matter what the circumstances,” she concluded her presentation, “has the right to harm another person. No one owns another person. 

“The ramifications are broad-based, and the social, mental and physical aspects can be burdensome for generations. 

“Domestic violence must be stopped.”

GET THE WORD OUT

Bill Ferebee, Essex County Board of Supervisors vice chair, delivered a proclamation that recognized domestic violence is a widespread serious crime, costs the nation billions of dollars and needs a coordinated community effort to stop. 

“In addition, it cited that one in three Americans has witnessed an incident of domestic violence, and children growing up in violent homes are believed to be neglected at a higher rate than the national average.”

As they have done for the past several years, the AuSable Valley Central School jazz choir added their talents to the rally by singing the “Star Spangled Banner” and the poignant “My One True Friend.”

“It’s really sad,” student Tonie Cross said of the stories told by King, Karcher and the T-shirts, “but it gives us a good feeling to come here and sing.” 

“It’s inspirational to see that we can get the word out and that we can all come as a jazz choir to experience this,” Nichole Pulsifer said.

ULTIMATE PRICE

Memorial candles and flowers accompanied the names of those who paid the ultimate price of domestic abuse.

The Essex County EMS Association and Elizabethtown Community Hospital were presented plaques for their efforts in assisting domestic violence victims.

The mission of the Essex County Task Force Against Domestic Violence is to “promote education and awareness for all community members; coordinate a community response to domestic violence that will consistently hold offenders accountable; promote victim safety; and reduce violence in the home.”

The Task Force meets next at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Hand House in Elizabethtown.

Victims of domestic violence can call a 24-hour hotline at 888-563-6904. Learn more at Behavioral Health Services North at www.bhsn.org.

For domestic abuse emergencies, call 911.

Email Alvin Reiner at: rondackrambler@yahoo.com.

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