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Take Back the Night holding event in Morris

MORRIS – Guardian Angel Community Services and Domestic Violence Program Groundwork have confirmed that Grundy County Take Back the Night will be held Wednesday for its annual vigil and rally.

The Event will take place at the Grundy County Courthouse starting with a gathering a 5 p.m.

Grundy County Services and Legal Advocacy coordinator Sarah DeNardo, as well as the office of Grundy County State’s Attorney victim and witness coordinator Vicki Surman, have made arrangements to hear from family members of Carla Farr and Jennifer Grossman.

Carla and her daughter, Jennifer, both were stabbed to death in their home by Jennifer’s ex-boyfriend in 2000 in Morris. Carla had been providing her grandson and Jennifer a safe place to live to protect them from Jennifer’s abusive ex-boyfriend.

Carla’s sisters, Joan Morris and Jane Udstuen, will be sharing how this tragedy has affected their lives forever. Judge Lance Petterson, a prosecutor at the time of the murders, also will speak to share his history with prosecuting domestic violence cases.

“Often victims and survivors do not share their stories out of fear of retaliation from their abusers; even telling family and friends could put them in great danger. Years after the abuse has ended, survivors are still afraid to speak publicly about the trauma they endeavored because of the fear is still there. There are many other reasons victims and survivors hide in the violence: isolation, embarrassment, lack of trust, the list goes on and on,” DeNardo said.

The event will showcase the domestic violence arrests in Grundy County over the past year by releasing the same amount of balloons as arrests.

For information about Grundy County Take Back the Night, can visit www.gacsprograms.org or call Sarah DeNardo at 815-941-2261.

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