MOUNT VERNON — The annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Candlelight Vigil was held Tuesday evening on Public Square, bringing to light the importance of awareness in the community and in hopes of “breaking the chain” of violence against women and children.
Mayor Richard Mavis welcomed those who attended. “Sometimes I think that people think that a town the size of Mount Vernon, 17,000 people in the county, that we don’t have domestic violence. Sometimes we have to knock on the door and say, ‘It’s here, it’s alive and well,’ and we wish it wasn’t, but it is,” said Mavis.
Mavis proclaimed October as the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month saying that it “focuses on increasing the public awareness of the issue of domestic violence. It recognizes the trauma experienced by victims of domestic violence and the services available to support them and acknowledges the combined efforts of citizens, service providers, governmental agencies and the criminal justice system to improve domestic violence prevention efforts and hold the perpetrators of such abuse fully accountable.”
Sarah Goslee Reed performed an acoustic version of the song “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and encouraged all attendees to sing along.
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