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Candlelight vigil set for Monday

by Merrie Leininger

As part of domestic violence awareness month, Soroptimist International of Carson Valley and the Family Support Council will be sponsoring a candlelight vigil to promote the end of domestic violence in Douglas County.

The vigil will start at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lampe Park pavilion and the participants will be walking to the Family Support Council parking lot where keynote speaker Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa will address the group.

Del Papa said she has been an advocate for the end of domestic violence since she started in the law profession.

“When I was a young attorney just starting out, I dealt with a case that involved domestic violence and it is something that just stuck with me all these years,” she said.

Del Papa said information and training are needed to break the cycle of violence throughout the state.

n Public epidemic. “When I look at the numbers of domestic violence cases in Nevada, I would submit we have a public epidemic. It is something that knows no race or sex or class. That there is no excuse for violence is a message every one of us needs to be tuned into and make sure is broadcast,” she said.

She said her speech will be one of encouragement for those involved in preventing domestic violence in Douglas County.

“What any issue takes is involvement in the community. The message will be one of encouragement and gratitude for what has been done and encouragement for what needs to be done,” Del Papa said.

Soroptimist Liz Bricker said nationally the organization sponsors annual events like this, but the vigil will be the first of its kind in Douglas County.

Soroptimist is committed, she said, to help raise money for a domestic violence shelter.

Bricker said other speakers will be Pastor Pete Nelson of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, DCSO Sheriff Ron Pierini and a victim of domestic violence who Bricker said has escaped that situation and turned her life around.

Bricker said the purpose of the vigil is to bring attention to the issue locally.

“We want to help bring awareness to domestic violence and help get politicians and dignitaries in the area to do as much as they can to bring awareness of the issue,” Bricker said. “It’s a big issue, a big problem, and we’d like to see if we can’t bring an end to it.”

There will also be music and refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

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