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'Light the Way' Candlelight Vigil slated for Saturday

PALESTINE, October 17, 2013— The Crisis Center of Anderson and Cherokee Counties will hold ‘Light the Way,’ a Candlelight Vigil for victims of Domestic Violence on October 19, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Palestine Mall parking lot.

“At 6:30, we kick off. We’re going to have a time of speech and some testimony from survivors, such as Michelle, and a little bit of information on domestic violence,” said Anderson and Cherokee County Crisis Center’s Brandon Green. “And then we will light the candles and stand in honor of these victims who have lost their lives to domestic violence.”

The Center invites the public to come stand in honor of 102 women who have lost their lived to domestic violence. 102 candles will be presented, each with its own name. Come stand in honor of the victims, and in support of those dealing with domestic violence.

If someone is involved in an abusive relationship and wants out, domestic abuse survivor Michelle Turner says the first step is “realizing that you’re in the situation, acknowledging that you’re dealing with abuse.” When asked what one should do to change their situation, Turner responded, “I would call the Crisis Center hotline to ask questions and make sure that’s what they’re dealing with…Come up with a safety plan. Don’t let the other person know that’s what you’re trying to do because that’s when it becomes a problem.”

Turner, not only a victim of domestic abuse herself, has also lost an aunt to domestic violence. Turner’s aunt was killed in 1999 by a live-in boyfriend.

Turner found the strength to escape her abusive relationship and is now married with four children. She is coping with her past, while recognizing the triggers of domestic violence, and attempting to help other women recognize the signs of domestic violence.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke Greene and Turner about the issue of domestic violence and the upcoming vigil. Click below for details.

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