Vigil held to raise awareness about domestic violence
There have been more than 50 domestic violence homicides in N.C. this year. In response, a group in Johnston County held a vigil Wednesday evening to draw attention to the problem.Posted — Updated
"I realized it was never gonna stop," abuse victim Page Redmon told the crowd.
She says she still has trouble calling herself a victim. For eight years, she was convinced the abuse was her fault.
"I have a hard time not taking the blame,” she said.
Last year, Redmon said the beatings from her boyfriend became more violent. She said he became enraged one night when she came home late.
“He punched me, and I went down to the floor and then he dragged me across the floor. And he was hitting me and kicking me and stuff. And at the very end, he rolled me on my back and stomped me on my face,” Redmon recalled.
"You never know how far domestic violence is going to lead and how serious it can become,” Keri Christensen, with Harbor Inc. , said.
Christensen believes domestic abuse is out of control.
“You hear about the shootings and stabbings and it just seems like the violence is escalating and getting more violent,” she said.
Christensen is referring to two shootings in Johnston County last month. In one incident, police said a man shot his estranged girlfriend, and her boyfriend before he shot himself. In the other incident, a man shot his wife in the mouth and in leg, police said.
Those horrible accounts are in addition to recently slayings of military women, such has Fort Bragg soldier Holley Wimunc, who was allegedly killed by her estranged husband.
Redmon, who was helped by Harbor Inc., now volunteers for the Johnston County organization.
"When I woke up the next morning alive, it was a wonderful feeling,” she said.
Redmon said she left her abusive relationship and her boyfriend was later charged with assault.
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