Will Ravenstein

Wellington Daily News

Saturday morning the Walk Out Foundation hosted the Walk Out on Domestic Violence walk at Century Park. Along the path, about a quarter-mile, signs were located with statistics and minor activities for the participants to take part in.

Among the statistics showcased was that one in three women and one in six men are affected by domestic violence.

“It is alarming to see the statistics,” Daniel YoNash said. “I didn’t realize it was that big. When you think about domestic abuse, nine times out 10 it’s a women getting abused. You don’t think about the male. But it just proves a point that people need to get out of those relationships and into healthy relationships.”

Domestic Violence does not just occur between a man and women, nor do they have to be married. The abuse can be; male on male, female on female, female on male, child on parent and parent on child. It also does not just have to be physical abuse. Controlling possessions, resources and financials along with verbal abuse can and are in some cases considered a form of domestic violence.

“That very scary,” Pari Sopha, founding member of Walk Out said. “Very scary.”

Event organizer, Tanya Chancellor, stated the walk evolved from the first concept of showing support for each other and other victims to showcasing the cycle of violence and the affect not only on the victim but others around them.

“I had all these statistics,” she said. “I thought that we could show the different avenues of it for the walkers so they can get engaged in the walk.”

Of the statistics shown were several numbers showing how wide spread the issue is.

The first was that 10 million kids are exposed to domestic violence every year.

“A lot of time you just look at it as the person who is getting abused as the victim,” Sopha said. “But, children are always behind and forgotten due to that. They are a victim too.”

“Another stat, that we didn’t get out here, is that young men you grow up in an abusive relationship are 60 times more likely to be an abuser as an adult,” Chancellor said.

Chancellor also stated that young girls who witness domestic abuse growing up, are likely to enter into those types of relationships, as they are likely to think that is what is normal in a relationship.

The second set of eye-opening statistics compared the number of U.S. service members killed between 2001 to 2012. A total of 6,488 were killed in the 11-year period.

During the same time period — 11,766 American women were killed that were in an abusive relationship.

The walk also challenged participants near the end. Ginny Schon, volunteer, asked walkers if they could walk out after seeing the evidence presented to them. She asked of people knew about Wellington having resources to help escape from the abuse.

A facility in Wellington has offered a room for victims to escape from abuse for a period of 24-hours. Due to their proximity, and the safety of victims they asked that their name not be published. If a victim chooses to leave they are encouraged to reach out to the Walk Out Foundation and they will be helped.

Saturday was also a fundraiser to assist the Walk Out Foundation with items to assist victims. While the organization has helped several victims relocate and fill a living space with needed items like furniture, pots and pans and some clothes. There is still the unexpected items that a victim might need.

Previously Chancellor gave an example of a victim needing assistance getting a identification card. To get that card she needed to get her birth certificate from the state. With no financials to assist her, it would have been difficult, but Chancellor was able to order the birth certificate and assist the lady get an identification card so she could get a job.

If interested in helping he Walk Out Foundation, Chancellor asks that you contact her via the Facebook page.