Categories: General
      Date: Oct 19, 2009
     Title: Red Ladies don courthouse

    The Silent Witness Program started when a group of female artists, writers and faculty members at a Minnesota Arts College felt a need to speak out about the rising number of women killed by domestic violence during the summer of 1990.  After brainstorming, they decided to create free-standing, life-sized, red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children, whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner or acquaintance.  It has been said, “That day a movement was born.”



 


 

    The Silent Witness Program started when a group of female artists, writers and faculty members at a Minnesota Arts College felt a need to speak out about the rising number of women killed by domestic violence during the summer of 1990.  After brainstorming, they decided to create free-standing, life-sized, red wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family, children, whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner or acquaintance.  It has been said, “That day a movement was born.”

    It has now become an international movement to which 47 states and 18 countries have exhibited life-sized, red silhouettes representing women who were killed at the hands of a husband, partner or an acquaintance.

    In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Place, Inc., welcomes everyone to come out and view the Silent Witnesses that have been placed outside the Dallam County Courthouse.

    Is there someone you know who is suffering in silence?  If so, refer them to Safe Place, Inc., 306 West 7th Street, Dumas, Texas 79029.  Their 24-hour crisis hotline is 806/935-2828, or toll free at 1/800/753-7553.  All of their services are free of charge and the identity of those who seek their assistance is kept confidential.