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Oct. 5 candlelight walk, vigil to raise awareness of domestic violence

Bridget Manley

Desirae Pearcey, shelter manager, volunteer coordinator and administrative assistant for Advocates Crisis Support Services, holds a battery-operated candle to be used in the organization’s Oct. 5 candlelight walk and vigil. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Park and proceeds down Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.





Desirae Pearcey, shelter manager, volunteer coordinator and administrative assistant for Advocates Crisis Support Services, holds a battery-operated candle to be used in the organization's Oct. 5 candlelight walk and vigil. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Park and proceeds down Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.
Bridget Manley

If you go …

• What: Advocates Crisis Support Services candlelight walk and vigil

• When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5

• Where: Starts at Craig City Park, then goes down Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

• For more information, call Desirae Pearcey at 824-9709.

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"We'd love for anybody within the community to come and support the awareness because it's definitely a growing epidemic."

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— Desirae Pearcey, of Advocates-Crisis Support Services, about the agency’s Oct. 5 candlelight walk and vigil

To honor those who survived.

To remember those who did not.

And to recognize domestic violence is an all-too present reality across the nation and in Moffat County.

These are the reasons Advocates-Crisis Support Services is organizing a candlelight walk and vigil scheduled for Oct. 5.

The event's primary goal is "recognizing that so many people have been hurt by domestic violence," Interim Director Karen Aragon said, "but also to celebrate the ones who are survivors."

The candlelight walk and vigil is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at Craig City Park. From there, it will proceed down Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, where a domestic violence survivor — who has yet to be named — will speak about his or her experiences.

This is the first time in three years that Advocates has organized this kind of walk and vigil in Craig, said Desirae Pearcey, the organization's shelter manager, volunteer coordinator and administrative assistant.

"We'd love for anybody within the community to come and support the awareness because it's definitely a growing epidemic," she said.

October is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and event organizers hope to make residents conscious of domestic violence.

Aragon said she hopes the event makes participants recognize "that domestic violence is a big issue in this country and in this county."

According to Advocates, domestic violence is increasing in the region. Last year, the agency served more than 800 victims of domestic violence, Pearcey said, compared to the 600 or so it had served in years before.

Aragon hopes through the candlelight walk and vigil, participants' awareness will turn into action, and "that people would want to get more information about it, more education about it," or be interested in working with the agency, she said.

For more information about the candlelight walk and vigil, call Pearcey at 824-9709.

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If you go …

• What: Advocates Crisis Support Services candlelight walk and vigil

• When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5

• Where: Starts at Craig City Park, then goes down Victory Way to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

• For more information, call Desirae Pearcey at 824-9709.

Quotable

“We’d love for anybody within the community to come and support the awareness because it’s definitely a growing epidemic.”

— Desirae Pearcey, of Advocates-Crisis Support Services, about the agency’s Oct. 5 candlelight walk and vigil

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