Activities set to highlight week
"Silent Witness," a project featuring red silhouettes of nine Oregon women homicide victims, is a powerful tool being used this month in Warm Springs and Madras to educate the public about domestic violence.
Each silhouette tells the name, age and story of the woman who died at teh hands of her husband or boyfriend. "Clariss Woodward, age 20, died April 16, 1999," reads a silhouette at a local bank. "Clarissa was poisoned with cyanide by her former boyfriend. Her body was dumped in the woods near Zigzag. He pleaded guilty to murder and is serving 25 years in prison," the card says.
Other local activities marking October as Domestice Violence Awareness Month include:
. A canned food drive Oct. 9 through 13, to benefit women and children victims. Drop-off boxes are at COBRA, Erickson's Thriftway, Bi-Mart, Bank of the West, Columbia River Bank, and Culver and Metolius city halls.
. In Warm Springs, on Oct. 20, there will be an all-day Family Violence/Family Wellness conference, with classes, meals, wellness activities and entertainment.
. The wearing of purple ribbons.
. Reader boards advertising Domestic Violence Month.
. "The Torch" newsletter.
. "In Her Shoes" training, a game with cards presenting scenarios. The players must pick and choose from options a domestic violence victim would have to go through.
. KWSO Radio programs on domestic violence.