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Domestic Violence Awareness Rally in Bloomington Domestic Violence Awareness Rally in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

More than 200 men along with members of the Bloomington community stood in solidarity around the McLean County Museum of History.

On Monday, October 30th from 11:30am to 12:30pm, Mid Central Community Action held an event commemorating the 30th anniversary of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Everyone from police officers, business owners, and college athletes showed their support for victims of domestic violence in McLean County.

Those in attendance displayed a united front in a circle of support, encasing the building's perimeter as they held up signs like “stop domestic violence.”

The purpose of gathering around the building was to symbolize gathering around victims of domestic violence.

MCCA says “This is our call to men that WE must act as allies and advocates for survivors....That we stand with them. That we will use our collective voices to say...ENOUGH!

Many in attendance wore purple, another form of solidarity, displaying the official color of domestic abuse awareness.

At the event, survivors of domestic violence shared their stories, along with offering statistics about who's affected by it.

MCCA shared that domestic violence touches everyone regardless of socioeconomic status.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Nearly 100 individuals stayed at the Neville House shelter in McLean County this last year.

20% of those staying at Neville House are children under the age of 5 years old.

Finally, 1 in 15 are exposed to intimate partner violence each year.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, you are encouraged to call 309.827,7070 or visit MMCA's website.

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