Rally aimed at fighting violent crime

Autumn Owens aowens@empiretribune.com Twitter @aowensETnews
The public is invited to the third annual Stop the Silence event to rally against violent crime.

Several local organizations are teaming up for the third annual Stop the Silence event taking place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Cowboy Capital Downtown Plaza.

The public is invited to help "paint the town blue" and rally against child abuse, sexual assault and other violent crime.

“Last year a child became a victim of abuse and neglect every eight minutes in Texas; that’s 182 children each day,” Judy Walker, executive director of CASA, stated in a press release. “For 46 of those children, the circumstances were such that they were removed from their homes and entered the foster system.”

The event will begin with a welcome speech by Erath County Court at Law Judge Blake Thompson. The Boy Scouts will present the flag and District Attorney Alan Nash will be a guest speaker. Judge Jason Cashon will give a proclamation and declare April as an awareness month.

Henderson Junior High’s girls choir and Destinee King will provide entertainment and the event will end with a balloon release, representing victims in Erath County.

Organizations sponsoring the event include CASA for the Cross Timbers Area, Cross Timbers Family Services, Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center and the Stephenville Police Department.

"Stop the Silence" T-shirts are on sale for $10 and can be purchased at stopthesilenceErathCo@gmail.com. 

“Stop the Silence focuses on increasing public awareness and encouraging community members to stand up and speak out for these victims,” Walker said. “Through increased awareness and advocacy, the number of victims can be reduced.”