WRAP holds vigil for domestic assault victims

JACKSON, Tenn. — The Women’s Resource & Rape Assistance Program, known as “WRAP,” hosted a vigil Tuesday to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 9.00.22 PM“Domestic violence affects one out of four women, so there’s definitely a concern there,” Madison County advocate Deborah Brackins said.

It’s an issue advocates say cannot be overlooked.

“We’re not going to tolerate it any longer here in Jackson, Tennessee,” senior advocate Tonga Simmons said. “Too many homicides, suicides going on, too much crime, and we want to stomp out that crime.”

“Domestic violence is something that is often brushed underneath the rug because it’s a private thing,” advocate Valerie Conley said. “That’s how we look at it — it happens mostly in homes.”

Tuesday’s event brought out people all over the community including Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist and County Mayor Jimmy Harris, who read a proclamation.

“We reached out to the faith community, and they responded to the call and asked to take a stand against domestic violence and how it’s affecting our community,” Brackins said.

The pastors of New St. Luke Baptist Church and Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson took part in the ceremony.

In a touching moment, a domestic assault survivor shared her story, proving why having the support system from WRAP is crucial.

“Having that support is going to help them leave or make those changes that need to happen so they have support and make them feel safer,” advocate Ali Knack said.

“You are supported. There is someone here that understands what you’re going through,” Simmons said.

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