Vigil honors domestic violence victims, survivors


October 19, 2011 4:17:35 AM PDT
InterAct held a vigil to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence Tuesday evening in Raleigh.

Olalah Njenga, shared her story of survival with dozens.

"At the time, I was eight months pregnant, and I was married to a violent alcoholic," she told the crowd.

She said when she was going through her situation, there was no access to organizations like InterAct.

"Back then it was a family problem," she explained.

It's a problem the Triangle shelter wants to stop.

Domestic violence recently claimed the lives of several Triangle women.

Laura Ackerson, a Kinston mother of two, was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend and father of her children. Amanda Magnam, a Durham mother who was allegedly killed by her husband in a Taco Bell parking lot. And Patricia Perez, a Durham teen, who police believe was stabbed to death by a male acquaintance.

InterAct hopes to prevent more case like those from happening by reaching out to women and telling them it's okay to ask for help.

So far this year, 59 people have died in NC in domestic violence incidents.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can call (919) 828-7740.

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