Vigil for Domestic Violence

10-5-05 - Women and men turned out for the 15th annual "Take Back the Night" march and vigil at Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday night to remember the victims and raise awareness of just how pervasive this crime really is.

For 15 years, marchers young and old have gathered to "Take Back the Night." The event marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

College students around the country gathered to discuss the issue. It is usually a social event that draws a good sized crowd, and among the walkers and witness were an occasional survivor story.

Including Mrs. Oklahoma, Tascha Bond, who was once a victim of abuse herself. She proudly calls herself a survivor.

"With domestic violence, it's a shame issue," Bond said. "It's a silent killer."

In Durant, police officers responded to 600 domestic violence calls last year, and in many cases children were in the home. In the worst cases, the abuse turns deadly. In 2003, 153 Texas women were killed by their partners.

For more information, call the Crisis Control Center at 580-924-3030.