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Awareness the Goal of Stop the Violence Week

Posted October 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A woman is abused in the United States every nine seconds.

The YWCA and Interact are using disturbing facts like that to highlight the importance of Stop the Violence week.

Women in the Triangle joined together Wednesday to speak out against domestic violence. A musical group made up of survivors of domestic violence said it hopes to reach out and empower other victims.

Participants blew whistles to signify that a woman is abused every nine seconds in the United States. Rev. Janet Watrous said more women than not know someone who is a victim of violence.

Victims painted and shirts to express the pain of abuse and displayed them at Harris Teeter. At Interact, life-sized figures of women who have been killed by abusers in North Carolina were on display. They were called the silent witnesses.

Amy Holloway, Interact director, said sometimes it takes a murder to make people aware of problems.

Participants held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at INTERACT to remember these victims.