Vigil Honors Victims of Domestic Violence
The public was invited to a "Take Back the Night" candlelight vigil hosted by Friend to Friend, >a Moore County domestic violence and sexual assault agency, and sponsored by the Moore County District Attorney's office Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Southern Pines Park on Broad Street. >
The event began at 6 p.m. with more than 60 people in attendance. Amber Boyte sang as Friend to Friend's executive director Anne Friesen welcomed everyone and stated the Friend to Friend mission: "to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives." Pastor Jason Hackett began with a prayer. Featured speaker Maureen Krueger, the Moore County district attorney, gave a moving speech citing that North Carolina is fourth in the nation for domestic violence. Ezette Rodriquez followed, reading a poem.
Then participants formed a circle, lighting candles while reading the names aloud of the 80 North Carolinians who died in 2010 as a result of domestic violence. Jamie McCall played the guitar. The vigil closed with a group prayer led by the Rev. Carl Naylor.
Hot dogs and refreshments were served immediately following the ceremony. Informational tables from Friend to Friend and Kids Peace were available. Some of the local emergency services in attendance included the Southern Pines Police Department, Southern Pines Fire Department, Pinehurst Police Department and Foxfire Village Police Department. Also in attendance were domestic violence survivors, representatives from Moore County Schools, local churches as well as concerned Moore County citizens and domestic violence advocates.
"Take Back the Night" is a domestic violence awareness event to help build a community in which everyone is free from the threat of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
To view a YouTube video of the event, visit the Friend to Friend website www.moorefriends.org.
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