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Dawson Church raises domestic violence awareness

Taquita Watson, Chairperson Taquita Watson, Chairperson
Katrina Harden, Guest Speaker Katrina Harden, Guest Speaker
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

People come together in Dawson in a show of strength and unity against domestic violence. A church is leading the effort to raise awareness about domestic violence and to prevent it.

Raines Baptist Church held their 5th annual Candlelight vigil for Domestic Violence and took it to the streets to raise awareness.

Silently, dozens of people wearing purple marched along Orange Street in Dawson Wednesday night to the Terrell County Housing Authority Complex.

"Where we go out and bring awareness of domestic violence to the community of Terrell County,” said Taquita Watson, Chairperson.

There was singing and dancing. Taquita Watson, who helped organize the event, is a three year victim of domestic violence.

"The whole time that I was a victim of domestic violence,” said Watson. “I didn't know it was domestic violence. I got my kids removed and didn't even know I was in domestic violence."

Guest Speaker Katrina Harden has witnessed domestic violence and has been a victim herself.

"As a kid I watched my dad beat my mom on a constant basis,” said Harden. “I married someone who was physically abusive to me."

In July, Harden also lost her friend, Dr. Lisa Riley, whose husband Yathomas Riley is accused of killing her. "Lisa did not deserve to die,” said Harden.

Marchers released lanterns in honor of all victims and survivors. "The little stuff we think isn't domestic violence is still domestic violence and everyday even here people are dying from it,” said Watson.

"You can get help,” said Harden. “Whether it's mental, physical, whatever it is love is not supposed to hurt ever."

Raines Baptist Church is also painting the city purple and pink, placing painted pumpkins around town to raise awareness for domestic violence and breast cancer.

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