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Survivors stand together at domestic violence vigil at Capitol

Capital Area Missouri NOW hosted a remembrance event in Jefferson City to shed light on how domestic violence affects the community. (File)

A rainbow arched over the Capitol Sunday as locals gathered for a domestic violence vigil.

Capital Area Missouri NOW hosted a remembrance event in Jefferson City to shed light on how domestic violence affects the community.

"I'm very empowered," Jeannie Lahman, president of the local NOW chapter said. She said it feels amazing to be a survivor, and wanted to share the feeling with others.

The state of Missouri ranks 10th in the country for women killed by men, according to the Violence Policy Center. This is the first time the organization hosted the vigil, but Lahman said that she hoped it would empower other women in the area.

About a dozen attendees held signs that said "Stop Domestic Violence" and cardboard cutouts to depict how domestic violence affects a victim, and to show support for those who have been affected. In 2016, Cole County ranked 15th in the state for domestic violence instances, according to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Lahman wanted the event to highlight survivor stories and support others to encourage dialogue and acknowledge the issue.

"I feel that my struggles can in some way help other women to know that they're not alone," Lahman, a domestic violence survivor said. "To know that there is life after abuse, and to know that you only have to take it one day at a time."




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