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By Maria Koch
Special to The SUN
Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program will be joining the global campaign to end violence against women and children. Small towns are a unique environment with little anonymity and a plethora of gossip and hearsay. Can you imagine walking into the grocery store after being a victim of violence in this community? This V-Day, we will rise and pose the question: How can a victim experience justice and healing in a small town like ours?
Meet us at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the bell tower in downtown Pagosa Springs. We will be sponsoring a silent vigil and walk from the bell tower to Town Park. Some will wear ski masks. Some will have their mouths duct-taped. All will be mindful of the courage that it takes to speak out and ask for justice against violence, especially in this small community.
We will walk from the bell tower to Town Park via the County Courthouse. Candles will be provided at Town Park, as we honor the courage of survivors of violence and contemplate how we can support justice and healing in our community.