To The Editor:
October is Domestic Violence Month. Hopefully many of you in the community know it.
If you’re in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, help them before they suffer the fate of so many other women in the U.S. Help comes in many forms.
Every year 4,000 women are killed in this country. Seventy-five of them were attempting to get out and away from a toxic situation. It breaks my heart knowing that 10 percent of women have suffered some form of abuse whether it is sexual, physical, emotional, or psychological. 1.5 million women are assaulted each year and 51 percent are raped by their intimate partner. These stats are atrocious.
Two-thirds of each of these stats involved the attacker being drunk or on drugs. It could be your neighbor, a family member, or a co-worker. So many women hide their tribulations deep down. They fear for their lives and/or their children’s. So they remain in their environment because they are afraid it will be safer than leaving.
In 2014, Bristol suffered two deaths due to domestic violence. It rocked our community, but I hope it opened the eyes of many residents. In a blink of an eye the situation could change for the worse for that individual trying to keep their “secret” THERE IS HELP!
On Oct. 3, I attended a candlelight vigil at the Prudence Crandall center in New Britain. This event is held every year at the start of the awareness month. This ceremony gives hope to the victims who have not yet left.
To see so many survivors who were helped by this wonderful agency is truly uplifting.
Please share the Prudence Crandall information with anyone you feel could use some help from the center.
Prudence Crandall Center, New Britain, call 860-225-5187