SAFER PATH HOLDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VIGIL

JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

JOE DAVID CORDOVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Safer Path Family Violence Shelter held a Shine A Light on Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Speaking to the crowd that night were Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall, 81st District Attorney Audrey Louis, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, Jourdanton Police Chief Eric Kaiser, Safer Path Executive Director Rhonda Williamson and domestic violence victim Jennifer. Others in attendance were from the ACSO, Texas DPS, Pleasanton Police Department and many members from the community. “We would like to thank everyone who came out to the vigil, and thank all of our speakers for sharing their commitment and expertise in the area of domestic violence. Especially our brave survivor who spoke. If we are going to change our culture to a culture that never accepts domestic violence, we have to talk about it. This vigil was called “Shine a Light” because we want to break the hold shame and fear has on survivors. That starts with listening to survivors. We want to shine a light so victims know there is help if they need it, that this is a crime that is not a survivor’s fault, and so everyone knows that domestic violence is not silently accepted as the norm here in Atascosa County.

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