LIMA — More than a dozen people wearing purple marched down Market Street on Tuesday afternoon, carrying signs of names of Allen County residents who have died from domestic violence, to bring awareness to the tragic problem, often a silent killer.
Three new names were added to the annual awareness walk this year, including Carlin and Andrea Glenn, the victims of a double-murder suicide that occurred in Lima during the summer.
“It’s close to home for me because those two young ladies were a part of my track program,” said Christopher Jackson, head coach of the Lima Striders Track Club. “Unfortunately, the situation here is no one took the perpetrator seriously. And she, what I think at times, the mother did, she just really didn’t get out to let other people know to take precautions. So unfortunately, he did carry out this crime.”
Crossroads Crisis Center and the Partnership for Violence Free Families organized the event to kickoff domestic violence awareness month, walking from Lima Public Library to Town Square and back. There were 984 purple ribbons tied to trees, shrubs and light fixtures in Town Square to account for the 984 children that Crossroads served in 2011.
While the problem may not be visible to many, Jeanne Lutterbein sees the problem firsthand.
“We see the effects of abuse on women and children every day,” said Lutterbein, an Education Coordinator at Crossroads Crisis Center. “We believe that people have a right to live a violence-free life and we think we can accomplish that with education and awareness in breaking that cycle.”
Aryn Banks said that while she doesn’t think she knows anyone who’s suffered from domestic violence personally, it doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t know anyone who does suffer.
“Of these 984 cases, those are what get reported. So it’s very well possible that somebody I know is suffering from domestic violence and just hasn’t come forward to report it,” said Banks, a Violence Prevention Coordinator with Partnership for Violence Free Families.
There are other events later this month to bring attention to domestic violence awareness month, including a candlelight vigil and a 5K race.
In their remembrance of Carlin and Andrea Glenn, Jackson has organized a memorial 5K run/walk that will take place on Oct. 27. Proceeds will go to benefit the Carlin and Andrea Glenn Scholarship Fund.
“I just want to make sure we’re getting the word out to people about domestic violence,” he said. “I know it hits everybody from all walks of life.”