Stop the Silence raises awareness of victims of violence, resources available

E-T staff report
Erath County residents take part in the Stop the Silence Rally held Tuesday at Optimist Jaycee Park in Stephenville. The rally was held in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 18-24, to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.
Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse Cross Timbers Chapter were on hand for Tuesday's Stop the Silence Rally on Tuesday held in conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Cross Timbers Family Services was one of several entities on hand providing information and resources during the Stop the Silence Rally held Tuesday at Optimist Jaycee Park in Stephenville.
This display with handprints painted on it shows the number of sexual assaults (37) reported in Erath County in 2020.
This display shows the number of family violence incidents (nearly 100) reported in Erath County in 2020.

Residents of all ages came together for a Stop the Silence rally on Tuesday at Optimist Jaycee Park in Stephenville to raise awareness of the number of violent crimes and victims of violence in Erath County, as well as highlight resources available to those affected.

In conjunction with National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 18-24, the event aimed to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.

Representatives from a variety of organizations were on hand, showing support and informing the public of the services they offer.

Some of those organizations include: Cross Timbers Family Services; Paluxy River Children's Advocacy Center; Texas Health Resources; CASA for the Cross Timbers Area; Ranger College; Tarleton State University; STAR Council on Substance Abuse; and Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Cross Timbers Chapter, among others.

Organizers previously said they were specifically focusing on child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence as they asked Erath County to "Stand up, speak out and make a difference for victims of violence."