A-State holds vigil for domestic violence and sexual assault victims

A-State holds vigil for domestic violence and sexual assault victims

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University's Counseling Services hosted a candlelight vigil to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault Tuesday night.

Each red cutout on the Heritage Plaza at A-State represents a woman who died in the past year due to domestic violence in Arkansas.

Each one of those cutouts holds a story.

Some people remembered their family members that were represented.

Student Life Counselor Kristi Russell explained her goal for Tuesday night.

"Our biggest goal for tonight is to offer hope and healing," Russell said. "We want women out there and men as well, we know that men are victims as well, to know there is hope. That they can recover from this. We want to raise awareness in the community that this is a very real problem and we need to help each other out."

Last year, 10 Arkansas women were murdered during acts of domestic violence.

Tuesday night's vigil was part of A-State's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Week.

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