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Vigil highlights domestic violence problem

The Decatur County Citizens Against Domestic Violence’s second annual Candle Light Vigil held Thursday night at the First United Methodist Church’s J.O. Smith Activities Building entitled A New Beginning, featured many highlights.

Following selections by the Bainbridge High School Chorus under the direction of Claritha Jacobs, South Georgia Judicial Circuit District Attorney Joseph K. Mulholland urged participants to stand up against domestic violence.

“Don’t ever take the attitude that there is always going to be domestic violence,” the district attorney said.

“In the 1950’s some people had the attitude that there would never be a cure for polio or small pox, but others said no we are never going to let that happen and a cure was found.

“I urge each of you as you go to work and school tomorrow morning to tell one person where you were tonight and what you heard.

“By starting to talk about the problems of domestic violence you can make a start toward solving them.”

Director Jasmine Taylor of Gods Temple of Holy Praise Number 2 presented a musical praise worship.

While the audience lit and held their candles in honor and memory of domestic violence victims as the lights dimmed, Nan McIntosh, director of Southwest Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Dan Provence, member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Office of Children and Families, read the names of domestic violence victims in numerous Georgia counties.

The closing prayer was given by the Rev. Paul Medley, pastor of Bainbridge First Baptist Church and closing remarks were given by Larry Nichols of Red Hill Counseling Services.

Nichols thanked everyone for coming and urged them to share the domestic violence problem word with others.