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Dozens march for domestic violence awareness

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Dozens marched Wednesday hoping to raise awareness against domestic violence and end the devastating fights between loved ones.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and some in our area are working hard to spread information to victims and a message to their abusers.

Tesa Lingenfelter said she wants victims to speak up. She said showing her support makes her stronger as she fights to get through the haunted memories of her own past.

“Domestic violence is so close to my heart because of my dad abusing me when I was little a big difference to my life,” Lingenfelter said.

Lingenfelter said she is proud to walk with people from the Bay Area Women's Center as they promote awareness throughout the month of October.

Wednesday, they did so with a walk through downtown Bay City.

Samantha Christy also showed her support, hoping to break the silence of other victims.

“To me personally, it is extremely important this is a topic that not many people want to talk about they don't want people to know that they are a victim or a survivor,” Christy said.

Christy said she will continue the fight all month long by showing people the different educational programs available to victims throughout the Mid-Michigan community.

“Things like that, people might not understand we are doing huge training sessions next Thursday. We're going to high school and college is all throughout the community at raising awareness,” she said.

As for Lingenfelter she said the Bay Area Women's Shelter helped her so much in recovering from her own experience with domestic violence.

Now, she wants to help others who may be going through the same thing she did.

After the walk, victims and supporters met for the annual survivor’s vigil at the Bay Area Women's Center.

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