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SILENT WITNESS PROJECT

July 23, 2013


  
    THE SILENT WITNESS PROJECT WAS STARTED IN 1990 IN THE ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS AREA BY A GROUP OF WOMEN WHO WERE UPSET OVER THE GROWING NUMBER OF WOMEN BEING MURDERED BY THEIR PARTNERS OR ACQUAINTANCES.  THEY FELT AN URGENCY TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE ESCALATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THEIR STATE.  SOMETHING THAT WOULD ALSO COMMEMORATE THE LIVES OF THE 26 WOMEN WHOSE LIVES WERE LOST THAT YEAR AS A RESULT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  THE END RESULT WAS 26 LIFE-SIZED RED WOODEN FIGURES.   EACH BEARING THE NAME OF A WOMAN AND THE TRAGIC STORY OF THEIR DEATH.  A TWENTY-SEVENTH FIGURE WAS ADDED TO REPRESENT THOSE UNCOUNTED WOMEN WHOSE MURDERS WENT UNSOLVED OR RULED ACCIDENTAL.  THESE FIGURES BECAME THE ORIGINAL SILENT WITNESSES. 

ON OCTOBER 6, 2008 SAFE WAS PROUD TO ADD CLARION COUNTY’S SILENT WITNESS PROJECT TO THE NATIONAL INITIATIVE.

CLARION COUNTY HAS HAD 10 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDES SINCE 1997.  HOWEVER, THESE NUMBERS DO NOT INCLUDE THE SUICIDES FROM ON-GOING ABUSE.

                          
                                                                                                                  
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