T-shirts of every color of the rainbow did the talking for the thousands of domestic violence victims who never have their say. Some told of specific women, others just offered encouragement with words like "freedom" and "hope." Still others offered prayers, begging God they could become a bird and fly away.
The shirts, decorated by victims of domestic violence and sexual assault at Lexington's Chrysalis House, served as a reminder of the pain and suffering that come from domestic violence.
There was no shortage of reminders for participants in Tuesday's Take Back the Night rally at the Clark County Courthouse. Public officials, including Mayor Ed Burtner, Circuit Clerk Paula Joslin, District Judge Earl-Ray Neal and Clark County Attorney Brian Thomas were all on hand to offer support to victims and encourage them to take advantage of all the resources available to them locally.
"Take Back the Night … is to raise awareness about domestic violence and the impact that it has. … There is no excuse for domestic violence in any way, shape or form," said Thomas. "It's an unspeakable crime."