Friday, October 16, 2009


Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. But did you know that it is also Domestic Violence Awareness month? Eric is on the Board of Directors for the Albemarle Hopeline, a non-profit organization here in Elizabeth city that provides services such as an emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis telephone line, and courtroom advocacy to victims of family violence, sexual assault, and teen dating violence.

Last night the Hopeline held their annual candlelight vigil commemorating the lives lost due to domestic violence so far this year in North Carolina. The vigil also celebrated domestic violence survivors who have begun anew. Jake and I were unable to attend since Jake is sick, but Eric and Megan did have a chance to go. The local newspaper covered the event, which had a turnout of over 100 people, and a photographer snapped a picture of Megan.

(the photo is copyrighted so I can't copy it here)

I'm sure that Megan did not understand the true gravity of the vigil, but she seems to have understood the sadness.