Group rallies against domestic violence

July 25, 2012 1:46:44 PM PDT
It is estimated that there were, on average, two domestic violence murders every week in North Carolina in 2011. Those fighting to change the hearts and minds of abusers came to Raleigh to spread their message.

The only sounds during Wednesday's march came from passing cars and other pedestrians. The silent protest included law enforcement officials, those who have helped victims, and victims themselves.

"This isn't somebody else's business.  This is everybody's business.  This isn't just a woman's issue.  This affects men, children, workplaces," Leigh Duque of Interact of Wake County said.  

The group wants to get the attention of everyone from regular citizens to lawmakers.

"I would like to see the laws stricter in reference to domestic violence.  And I think being here today made a difference," participant and sister of a domestic violence victim, Rene Raeford said.  

In their message, those who took to the capital wanted to encourage those who are aware of domestic violence situations to speak to both the victim and the abuser.

"Try to reach out to them and tell them that it's okay to open up and to tell what's going on.  You might be ashamed but it's okay.  At least you'll be alive and we can stop the violence," a domestic violence victim's mother, Cynthia Foxx said.  

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