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D/SAOC vigil on Thursday

Fort Dodge’s Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center will remember those murdered by their own loved ones in a candlelight vigil Thursday evening.

The night of remembrance for those lost to domestic violence will feature prosecutor Ryan Baldridge, first assistant county attorney for Webster County, as a speaker.

The prosecutor will speak on the importance for survivors of domestic abuse and those in active situations to rely on advocates, family, friends and law enforcement. Baldridge will also highlight the aftermath of domestic abuse and detail the everyday triggers and stressors that survivors endure, even after escaping a difficult situation with an intimate partner.

The socially distanced vigil will begin at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Luthern Church, 400 S. 13th St. For those not able to attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed on St. Paul’s YouTube channel.

Every year, the vigil features life-size silhouettes of those lost to domestic violence positioned throughout the church with a short story about them. Their names and stories will be read aloud.

So far in 2020, 14 Iowans have lost their lives to domestic violence. In 2019, a total of 15 women, men and children were killed.

The annual Jeans Day will be held on Oct. 29. For a $5 donation, participating businesses will allow employees to wear jeans for the day, spurring new conversations with customers who might wonder why they’re dressed casually.

The annual disc golf tournament fundraiser for D/SAOC has been canceled this year.

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