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March Held Against Domestic Violence

Friday morning's cool temperatures didn't keep some folks from marching in downtown Pikeville.

The march was organized to raise awareness about domestic violence.

WYMT's Angela Sparkman met one woman there, who says it's events like this that help bring the issue to light.

Stop the violence chants were heard all throughout downtown Pikeville.

Appalled attorneys say domestic violence statistics are higher in rural areas and Pikeville College students want it to stop.

One woman shared her story in hopes it helps others walk away.

Pikeville College students marching from campus to the Courthouse wanted their message loud and clear.

Their message hit one woman close to home.

“I was beaten for four years. It literally left me laying for dead,” Rebecca Stewart said.

She says she suffered a fractured skull, “I finally got the courage to get up and walk away. I said I didn't care if I had to live in poverty or live in a cave, I was going to stay away and I did,” Stewart said.

She says she had multiple surgeries to repair her face, but says she can't ever escape the pain.

“All of my scars aren't visible, but they don't know how I hurt inside, the pain I have to suffer because of the beatings,” Stewart said.

The Pikeville College students rallying know she's not the only one suffering.

They hope others hear their message, and get courage to leave.

Students say if just one person hears their voice and stops violence, then their march is worth it.

If you or anyone you know is in abusive relationship, the Pikeville College students urge you to contact anyone, a friend, police, a church.

As one woman said, "There's just too many people who care and want to help to not do it."


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