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Candlelight Vigil Honors Victims of Domestic Violence

Just over 100 people attended a Candlelight Vigil honoring victims of domestic violence on Monday, October 23, 2017.

The Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit has been serving the citizens of the City of Emporia, Greensville, Sussex and Brunswick Counties for 29 years. The unit is available to assist victims 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is manned by a small group of staff and volunteers.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 the Unit served 689 victims: 334 from Emporia, 185 from Greensville County, 128 from Brunsiwck County and 32 from Sussex County. 190 of the victims were under the age of 17, 97 were aged 18-24, 286 were aged 25-39, 100 were aged 40-59 and 16 were 60 and older.

Remember My Name

When you remember my walk upon this earth
Look not into my steps with pity
When you taste the tears of my journey
Notice how they fill my foot prints
Not my spirit
For that remains with me.
 
My story must be told
Must remain in conscious memory
So my daughters won’t cry my tears
Or follow my tortured legacy
Lovin’
is a tricky thing
If it doesn’t come from a healthy place,
If Lovin’
Doesn’t FIRST practice on self
it will act like a stray bullet
not caring what it hits.
 
You may say:
Maybe I should’ve loved him a little less
Maybe I should’ve loved him a little more,
Maybe I should’ve never believed he’d never hit me again.
All those maybes will not bring me back – not right his wrong
My life was not his to take.
 
As your eyes glance my name
Understand once I breathed
Walked
Loved
just like you.
I wish for all that glance my name
To know loved turned fear – kept me there
Love twisted to fear
Kept me in a chokehold
Cut off my air
Blurred my vision
I couldn’t see how to break free.
 
I shoulda told my family
I shoulda told my friends
I shoulda got that CPO
Before the police let him go
But all those shoulda’s can’t bring me back
when I lied so well
To cover the shame
To hide the signs.
If my death had to show
what love isn’t
If my death had to show
that love shouldn’t hurt
If my death had to make sure
another woman told a friend
instead of holding it in
If my death reminds you
how beautiful
how worthy
you really are
If my death reminds you
to honor all you are
daily
Then remember my name
Shout it from the center of your soul
Wake me
in my grave
Let ME know
My LIVING was not in vain.
 
Kimberly A. Collins
©1995
 

In the last 29 years, our community has lost 16 people to sensless domestic violence. Shout their names.

Marybeth Sahnow

Caroline Rose

Cassandra Bowers Thornton

Russell Gillus

Evelyn Lewis

Linda Givens

Marie Mitchell

Mary Lir Orloff

Christie Carpenter

BABY of Christie Carpenter

Tony Rose

Carter Brightwell – AGE 3

Tyeesha Bittle

Michelle Roper

Renee Gibson

Karen Bell

 

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse, please do not hesitate to seek help. You may reach the Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit by calling (434)349-0100 or by calling 911.

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