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Candlelight vigil organized at Smothers Park in honor of domestic violence victims

Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - A candlelight vigil for domestic violence victims was held on Thursday evening.

Crowds of people attended the vigil at Smothers Park in Owensboro.

Those who participated were honoring the people who have lost their lives to domestic violence, celebrating the survivors, as well as raising awareness in the community.

Andrea Robinson, executive director of the OASIS Domestic Violence Shelter, said it was a display people need to see.

“We hope people know that their community stands behind them and that there are services here,” she said. “We are a 24-hour organization, so the lights are always on and someone’s always on the phone.”

They held a vigil for the people who were lost.

But for survivors, the event was a chance to use their voices.

“That is a scary thing and victims are threatened and intimidated so that they don’t speak up,” Robinson said.

Megan Jackson is a survivor of domestic abuse. On Thursday, she was a source of courage for anyone in pain.

“For those of you listening to this who relate,” Jackson said. “Please know that what happened to you was not right. That you possess a great deal of worth. Don’t lose yourself in the cycle, and if you have, run blindly until you find yourself again.”

Robinson said her words could mean the world to someone who’s scared.

“That may give one person, if it’s just one person, the courage to speak up and tell their own story and seek help, then it could save their life,” she said.

Jackson said no matter how bad things get, there’s always hope.

“Your trust may have been broken, but you are not broken,” she said.

OASIS encourages you to call 1-800-88-ABUSE or (270) 685-0260 if you or someone you know might be experiencing abuse.

They can also be contacted through the OASIS Shelter website.

In cases of emergency, always call 911.

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