FRAMINGHAM – Half of all women and one-third of all men have experienced traumatic aggression from an intimate partner relationships, said Wade Blackman speaking on behalf of Congresswoman Katherine Clark at yesterday’s Purple Passion 5K to break the silence of domestic violence sponsored by Voices Against Violence in Framingham.
And the issue is not always a man and a woman.
New Voices Against Violence Director Patricia Hohl reminded the crowd before the race of the tragic events in Foxborough Friday night in which a man with a history of domestic violence shot and killed his 6-year-old son, and then shot and killed himself.
“This is a tragic reminder of how much more work there is to do,” said Hohl. “It is a tragic reminder of the fact that domestic violence doesn’t only affect adults.”
Hohl said yesterday’s 5K run and 4K walk raised about $22,000 for Voices Against Violence, whose mission is end sexual and domestic violence.
Staff members work to empower victims and survivors to help themselves and their children.
“Today we show our strength. Today, we make steps forward together,” said Blackman. “We will walk. We will march. And we will run. And we will be stronger because we have to be. … And as we seem to have a world more divisive and divided today, we stand together more determined to be loud in chorus, where we are stronger … and together we send a message to all victims, and their abusers, that we will not look the other way.”
James Fisk, 29, won the 5K race in 19.16 minutes.
Sarah Walker, 35, was the first female across the finish line in 19.26 minutes.
State Rep. Chris Walsh started the race for Voices Against Violence.
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