Emily De Vito
Updated: October 17, 2019 11:11 PM
Created: October 17, 2019 10:37 PM
SCHENECTADY – People in Schenectady came out Thursday night to raise awareness and demand an end to domestic violence.
The YWCA NorthEastern NY held its annual “Take Back the Night March.”
"This is an epidemic in our community and we're here if people need help,” said YWCA NorthEastern NY Director of Women & Family Services Lauren Trunko.
The YWCA in Schenectady has been helping those impacted by domestic violence for the past 40 years. They help around 2,000 victims a year.
"We have advocacy, we have counseling, we have a domestic violence shelter that runs 24/7,” said YWCA NorthEastern NY Executive Director Kim Siciliano. “It's a 20 bed shelter located at a different location."
Thursday night’s event had music and several speakers. This year’s event was really meant to focus on new initiatives the YWCA in Schenectady will be taking in the coming months.
"We’re really trying to engage youth more, engage young men and boys more in our community in the fight to end domestic violence,” said Trunko.
While “Take Back the Night” events started out as taking a stand against sexual assault, the YWCA also realized they can use the night focus on their message.
“Because of the parallels between domestic violence, sexual assault we really adapted it to really spread our mission and use it as an opportunity to give voices to victims,” said Trunko.
People used their voices when they began to march through the stockade with signs, chanting and wanting people to hear their message so they know they’re not alone in this fight.
“It’s something that if you’re silent then you’re letting it happen so we really shout and make a lot of noise,” added Trunko.
For those interested in learning more about the YWCA NorthEaster NY services, click here.
People also in need of help can call the domestic violence hotline at 518-374-3386
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