HATTIESBURG, Miss.(WHLT) – The Hattiesburg Police Department hosted a series of events Thursday evening for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The “Take Pride in Our Stride” walk started at the Jackie Dole Community Center where people from the community gathered together to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.
Lieutenant LaTosha Myers spearheaded the event and emphasized the importance of self value. Before the walk, she shared a poem she wrote, it started:
“One, two, three, four, I am worth it, I deserve more.
Five, six, seven, eight, I’m feeling good, and I’m looking great.
Nine, ten, eleven, twelve, I’m a winner, can’t you tell?”
During the walk city leaders Mayor Toby Barker and Chief of Police Anthony Parker walked with participants as they chanted down the streets of Hattiesburg yelling, “I’m a winner, can’t you tell?”
A woman named Stephanie Hervey said she’s happy events like “Take Pride in Our Stride” are happening in Hattiesburg, “But just reading all type of news articles and things that’s been happening, because the world is getting crazier everyday, and the recent tragic events that’s been happening in Hattiesburg, I think a lot of women need to know and be more aware.”
After the walk participants got hands on experience with self-defense techniques. Lieutenant LaTosha Myers demonstrated various scenarios and lifesaving moves that can save anyone in a life-threatening situation.
Veronica Gray, a domestic violence survivor, said courses like these are needed, “Events like this in the community is good to have, especially like myself that’s been a domestic violence survivor, to have the knowledge to know things that can happen, and be able to know how you can defend yourself.”
The Hattiesburg Police Department hopes by hosting these events more people will be able to identify and combat domestic violence in their community.