, Gloucester, MA


February 14, 2013

Editorial: A reminder of domestic abuse

Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day — a day to express our admiration to that special someone, and to essentially celebrate love.

Yet there are all too many reminders every day that love can sometimes go awry. And when instances such as those turn violent, they should not be sugar coated or swept under the proverbial rug, as has often been the case in decades past.

With that in mind, a local coalition of groups committed to raising awareness of and fighting domestic violence, are organizing a downtown presentation and a moment of silence at 12:15 at Cape Ann Savings Bank park, aimed at offering a moment of silent recognition for victims of violence against women — incidents that play out locally in our own Times police reports seemingly every day.

The Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse is teaming locally with Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) and the North Shore Rape Crisis Center (NSRCC) are joining in a national effort called One Billion Rising. And they’re inviting residents to — even if they can’t make the downtown event —join in support by pausing in silence at 12:15 at their homes or workplaces as well.

Valentine’s Day is meant to be a happy occasion. But for too many women — and men — it can also serve as a reminder of the toll domestic violence can take on relationships and families.

As Sunny Robinson, who chairs the Gloucester coalition put it, today’s event is “trying to use the positive energy of Valentine’s Day to get us to see all the women in the world who are still suffering.”

That’s an important recognitiion that deserves our full community’s support.

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