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COLUMBIA CITY â€” First Church of God was nearly packed with those who came to hear keynote speaker, April Maley, share how she overcame abuse as part of the 5th Annual Light the Way event.
Maley, author of the book, â€śI Will Not Be Silent,â€ť was invited by The Salvation Army of Whitley County and its ministries director, Pat Mossburg.
The evening was organized to help break the circle of violence. Annually, Light the Way aims to help people identify child abuse, educate individuals on the effects of domestic violence, and what to do if a violence situation is suspected.
A candlelight vigil, sponsored by Child Protective Services, is planned for April 16 at 7 p.m. This event will honor hurt, abused and neglected children.
Monday night, Maley relayed the story of her childhood, which her book shares in great detail. At 9 years old, Maley witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of her abusive father. The oldest of four children, Maley spent much of her childhood â€śprotectingâ€ť her mother, feeling â€śconfused and hurtâ€ť that her mother failed to protect her.
Despite numerous family members, neighbors and teachers being aware of the violence at home, no one contacted authorities.
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