KEMMERER — Wyoming’s annual Silent Witness Ceremony will be held in Kemmerer this Saturday, Oct. 6. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Triangle Park, located in the center of downtown Kemmerer. Turning Point and the Wyoming’s Silent Witness Committee are sponsors of the event, a remembrance of Wyoming’s victims of domestic violence homicide.
This year’s ceremony begins at Triangle Park, with a gathering for a march to the Kemmerer High School auditorium for the ceremony. The ceremony will include speakers, readings, songs and a roll call of the 62 silent witness silhouettes representing women who have been killed in acts of domestic violence. Following the ceremony, there will be a dinner.
In 1997, Wyoming joined the other 49 states in a single project committed to raising the level of public awareness about domestic violence. Known as “The Wyoming Silent Witness Initiative,” the program’s mission is to promote peace, healing and responsibility in intimate relationships in order to eliminate domestic violence.
The “Silent Witnesses” are women who, since 1985, were murdered in Wyoming at the hands of a spouse, intimate partner or family member, and are now symbolically represented by life-sized wooden silhouettes made by the women of the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk and the men of the Wyoming Honor Farm in Riverton. Included in the exhibit are silhouettes representing the men and children who were also killed by the perpetrators of domestic violence femicides.
The life-size exhibit has been a very effective tool in helping various groups and the public be more aware and understand the extent of this tragic problem. Those interested in learning more about the Wyoming Silent Witness Initiative can contact the Wyoming Division of Victim Services at (307) 777-7200 or Turning Point at (307) 877-6834.