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Kilgore Hosts Silhouette Campaign

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and right now a very moving awareness campaign is going on in Kilgore.  Along the streets of downtown Kilgore sit several silhouettes.  They are pictures of real East Texans who have died as victims of domestic violence.

"We just wanted to increase awareness of the women that have lost their lives, the children that have lost their lives, and the families that are still going through this," said Kilgore Crisis Center Director Amy Foster.  It's a campaign by the Kilgore Crisis Center that remembers women killed by their boyfriends or husbands.  Some of their stories are horrific and are told as if the victims themselves had written them.  One woman was stabbed 17 times.

Even children, like 6 year old Hannah Mack are being featured.  Hannah was hanged by her mother's boyfriend.

"In all of these silhouettes, we want people to see that this was a 14 year old girl, or that this was a 19 year old mother who was killed," said Foster.  The women behind the campaign are not without experience, as they're all former victims of domestic violence.

"If somebody has violence at home, we want them to know that hey there's help out there, and this could happen to me, so kind of make them stop and think about it," said domestic violence survivor Linda Pierce.  Many people took the time Saturday to read the tragic stories.

"I'm going to take time to read all of these silhouettes on the street, and try to refresh my memory on some of them and do what we can to help," said Kilgore resident James Bookman.

Help is what crisis volunteers are after.  "Hopefully somebody will stop, look and read, and it will touch them," said Foster.  The Kilgore Crisis Center will also participate in a county wide Candlelight Vigil on October 23rd at 6:00 p.m.   It will take place on the steps of the Gregg County Courthouse.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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