Corliss Smithen |
ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Dozens of residents took to the streets of the capital, Charlotte Amalie, Thursday night in a march to express their dissent against domestic violence and to show support for victims and their families.
Under the theme, “Stop the silence and shine the light on domestic violence,” the Family Resource Center, a non-profit organization, in collaboration with the V.I. Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Council, hosted the annual March and Candle Light vigil.
Decked in purple – the color that represents domestic violence – marchers set off at 5:30 p.m. from the Emancipation Garden, wound their way over Government Hill, down to Hospital Gade, to the Legislature Yard and returned to Emancipation, where the march culminated with a candle lighting and vigil ceremony.
A number of school groups and bands – the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Marching Band and Dancers, the Charlotte Amalie High School Marching Band and majorettes and the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Marching Band and majorettes – provided musical accompaniment for the event and entertained spectators during their two-minute performances at Emancipation Garden where organizers erected a scroll bearing the names of the 72 victims who have died so far as a result of domestic violence. T-shirts bearing messages were also hung on lines across the garden. Continue reading FRC Raises Domestic Violence Awareness