MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As the month of October winds down, so does Domestic Violence Awareness month.
But the Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia wants you to know that violence and sexual assault is something to be concerned about all year around.
In honor of those who have been victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault, a candlelight vigil was held outside of their building located on Hazel Street in Macon.
Melanie Wolfe was the special guest speaker. Her daughter, Jessica Wolfe, was murdered in 2012 by her boyfriend in Warner Robins.
“I’m here to speak on behalf of the victims,” Melanie said. “Hopefully, it’ll be an eye-opener for them to take domestic violence serious, to get the message out there that it is very real, very important.”
The mission encourages members of the community to stand up, step up, and speak up in the wake of domestic violence.
Melanie says that it’s important to help those that are asking for help, “If someone is out there and reaches out to you, you may be the only one they reach out to. Not to turn your back, not to turn away, because you may be the only source they have for help.”
If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic violence or sexual assault, you can reach out to the Rescue Mission by calling them at 478-743-5445, or visit their website at www.rescuemissionga.com.
You can also call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233.