YCC sets annual Footsteps to Light event

Sep 14 2011 - 6:08pm

OGDEN -- Since the year 2000, domestic violence related homicides accounted for 40 percent of all adult homicides in Utah.

That statistic, followed by many more, was released by The Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice earlier this year.

To remember the victims of domestic violence, Your Community Connection is holding its 14th annual Footsteps to Light event on Oct. 6. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Lester Park on 24th Street. Participants can make banners and will receive a T-shirt prior to walking down 24th Street to Washington Boulevard and then to the Ogden Amphitheater.

"At the amphitheater, we will have a band playing with refreshments available," said Tallie Viteri, domestic violence manager for the YCC. "We also will have information and a resource table and what we call the Clothesline Project on display."

The Clothesline Project is where survivors of domestic violence have written their story, a message, or picture on a T-shirt.

Two keynote speakers will talk about domestic violence. One speaker, whose name cannot be released for safety reasons, will talk about her experience as a victim of both stalking and emotional abuse.

The other speaker, Judy Kasten-Bell, will focus on Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Bell is the executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Council and is a Weber County resident.

After the speakers, a balloon release and name reading will be held for children who have died at the hands of domestic abuse. Adult name reading and a candlelight vigil will follow. Sister Stephanie Mongeon will close the program with a prayer.

The YCC also will screen a film in the near future. "Telling Amy's Story," originally filmed for PBS, is about a women's abuse that grew so terrible her husband ended up killing her, Viteri said. Dates and times will be available soon.

For a complete report of domestic violence in Utah, go to http://nomoresecrets.utah.gov.

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