Letters: Trick or Treat Street support needed: Help raise domestic violence awareness

To the Editor:

The Richmond Police Department has entered the planning phase of the 2013 Trick or Treat Street even. As in years past, it will be hosted by the department and will be held on Holloween evening in the city hall gym.
Many area businesses have made this annual event an enjoyable experience for the children of Richmond year after year. The Richmond Police Department is hopeful that the 2013 Trick or Treat Street will delight the little ghosts and goblins once again.
To reach that goal, we at the police department are once again seeking sponsors for our event. Businesses and individuals may donate candy, money to buy it or even donate small items to be given away as prizes.
Volunteers are also needed to hand out the candy at each “window” within Trick or Treat Street. Volunteers may also be needed to assist with the Haunted House.
Donations may be taken to Richmond City Hall or the police department next door on or before Oct. 25. A list of volunteers will also need to be compiled by that date. Please direct your questions or comments to either Cpl. Jerry Folvarcik or Officer Amy Sisson at 776-3575.
Thanks for your support.
– Cpl. Jerry Folvarcik

To the Editor:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Domestic violence continues to account for nearly one-third of all female homicides nationally.  One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  One in five high school girls report being abused by a boyfriend.
Domestic violence is very prevalent, but significantly underreported.  As frustrating as this is, there is hope for change.  Around the country, rallies and candlelight vigils are held this month to bring awareness to the epidemic of domestic violence.
In Lexington, this year’s Take Back the Night candlelight vigil will be held Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. on the courthouse steps facing Main Street.  Each year in October, domestic violence victims, counselors, legal providers, clergy and residents come together at the vigil to show support for victims and to underscore the importance of continued efforts to end domestic violence.  All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend this free event.
Other agencies supporting and coordinating events during October include House of Hope, Lafayette County Prosecutor’s Office, CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates, and The Center for Counseling & Training.  For more information, call the House of Hope at 660-259-4766.
– Kristin Ellis
Lafayette County Prosecutor


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