Updated: Oct 11
Friday, October 13, 2023 - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Sequoyah County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Response Teams (CCR/SART) have several events planned.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, CCR and SART will be hosting the “Drive Out Domestic Violence” caravan and parade. The purpose of the event is to create awareness surrounding the topic of domestic violence throughout Sequoyah County.
A caravan of emergency and personal vehicles honoring survivors, victims, and lost lives will depart from the Roland Police Department at 4:45 p.m. The caravan will travel through the county along Highway 64 and concludes at the Gore Police Department.
On Thursday, October 26, the team will be holding a candlelight vigil from 6 to 7 p.m. on the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library lawn in Sallisaw.
The purpose of the vigil is to remember those who lost their lives to domestic violence.
“This is a time to contemplate the mental, emotional, and physical pain and suffering abuse victims endure at the hands of those who say they love them,” Sequoyah County Investigator Cindy Smith stated.
In addition to the month's events, Smith asked County Commissioners to sign a proclamation declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Sequoyah County. The commissioners unanimously voted to approve the proclamation at their regular weekly meeting on Monday.
“We want to make sure everyone knows we are here and can help. We have the resources needed to help victims get out safely to break the cycle of domestic abuse,” Smith added.
Whether you’re a survivor of domestic violence or just want to participate, everyone is welcome to attend and show their support. So, don’t forget to decorate those cars, bring your friends, and wear your purple ribbons.
The Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library is located at 101 Cherokee Ave. in Sallisaw.
Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer
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