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Domestic Violence Awareness events planned for October

The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners declared October

“Domestic Violence Awareness” during their weekly meeting on October 4.

Monday, October 11, 2021 - The Sequoyah County Coordinated Response (CCR) and Sexual Response Team (SART) kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with their annual lighting of the gazebo at the Sequoyah County Courthouse, on Friday, October 1.

Cindy Smith, an investigator with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office and CCR/SART Coordinator, explained the color purple is used to light up the gazebo which represents awareness and honors all domestic violence victims/survivors.

During the October 4 Sequoyah County Commissioners' weekly meeting, a proclamation was signed declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “We are very thankful for such a supportive and caring community,” Smith said.

CCR/SART has planned a vehicle procession on October 12, beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Roland Police Department. The procession will leave Roland Police Department and travel Highway 64 ending at the Gore Police Department. The procession will include patrol vehicles from each department, CCR/SART members and others who choose to join.

“We encourage those attending to place a purple ribbon or display messages to victims/survivors on their vehicle windows,” noted Smith.

October 20, at 7 p.m., the Sequoyah County CCR/SART will have a candlelight vigil in observance of domestic violence reports that have been made this year. “Between October 1, 2020 and October 1, 2021, victim advocates for the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office assisted approximately 200 domestic abuse victims in our County,” Smith said. “The real number of victims/survivors in our community is far greater.”

Smith said the last event of the month will be held on October 29. A siren will be sounded at the Sequoyah County Courthouse at noon, representing the amount of times, per minute, that domestic violence occurs.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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