October is National Domestic Violence Month. On Thursday, October 4, 2012, JoAnne was invited to speak at the March of Survivors, sponsored by the Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. This event was to celebrate survivors of domestic violence and remember those community members who died as a result of domestic violence. On display was the Clothesline Project, tee shirts made by survivors, family members and friends. Green t shirts honored those who experienced physical abuse, orange for sexual abuse and white for those who were murdered. Sadly, there were too many shirts pinned to the line.
Thirty people marched from the Steamboat Springs Police Department through the streets, accompanied by patrol vehicles, while traffic was stopped. When they reached City Hall, JoAnne described our mission. Then Diane Moore, Executive Director of Advocates, presented awards to two officers: Police Sgt. Gerald Geis from the City Police Department; and Deputy Paul Yonekawa from the County Sheriff’s office. Each officer was commended for his work with Advocates and his commitment to working toward a Peaceful Community. Candles were lit and held by those who stood in a circle to honor and remember those who were abused.
This is the first of several events Healing Voices will be part of during October. On October 13th our film “Peggy’s Story” will be part of the New Mexico Film Festival in Albuquerque and on October 26th the film followed by a discussion will be held at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola.