Cheyenne Botanic Gardens hosted 20th Annual Silent Witness Ceremony.
Yesterday, October 6, 2017, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens hosted the 20th Annual Silent Witness Ceremony. This was a time of remembrance of Wyoming’s domestic violence fatalities. A march escorting the silhouettes was led by the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department Pipe & Drum.
The ceremony included words from speakers: Tom Jacobson, CPD Chief Brian Kozak, Gay Woodhouse, and Justice William U. Hill. Letters of support were read on behalf of Governor Matt Mead, and Judy Uphoff.
There were three silhouettes from Laramie County inducted this year: Lynne Poole, Jessica Rae Spencer, and Teresa Zimmerman.
The ceremony is held each year in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Silent Witness Initiative began in 1990 as a way of promoting the education to support an end to domestic violence through community based exhibits. It started with a small group of volunteers in one state and grew into an international presence, with projects in all 50 states and 23 countries.
This year’s event was organized and sponsored by Safehouse Services, the Wyoming’s Silent Witness Committee, the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the Wyoming Division of Victim Services.
Silent Witness Pledge
In the name of the Silent Witnesses…
I pledge to heal abuse in my own life,
in my family, and in my community.
I will work to make this world free of domestic violence,
so we can live in peace.
To learn more about domestic violence visit the national website. For Laramie county and surrounding communities visit the Wyoming Safehouse website.