We are outraged and weighed down with a heavy heart after the acts of violence and terrorism that occurred during a “Unite the Right” White Supremacist and neo-Nazi hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017. These groups gathered in support of hate and bigotry, which is the polar opposite of everything Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe) and our larger movement believes in and stands for.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Heather Heyer who was tragically murdered during the eruption of hatred and violence. We mourn the lives of Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates who lost their lives while watching over the violent demonstration rally. We are also keeping all of those who were injured and traumatized during the rally in our hearts as we continue to do our important work to help change the culture we live.
These acts have not gone unnoticed; people from around the country are speaking out against violence and racism. We know that all oppressions are inextricably linked, that we cannot end sexual or domestic violence without ending racism, hate, or bigotry. VOICe will continue providing life-saving and empowerment-building services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other crimes, but we will also continue our prevention efforts and spread our message of equality and respect throughout Butler County.