Men Join Women in Rallying against Domestic Violence Group Says Abuse Affects Both Sexes
Patterson, Jennifer, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jennifer Patterson Daily Herald Staff Writer
About 30 men stood on the steps of the Elgin Police Department Saturday evening, clapping and singing.
"No more violence. No more anger. No more living in fear," they sang.
The men, and about 25 more women and children at the police department, were taking a stance against domestic violence at the Community Crisis Center's domestic violence awareness rally, called Men Standing With Women Against Domestic Violence.
Though the refrain was catchy, the song, written by local folk musician Peg Lehman, carries an obviously serious message.
Lehman wrote it just this week, after hearing about the brutal stabbing and burning death of a suburban woman at the hands of someone she loved.
"When I heard about it, I couldn't believe it," she said. "It was just incredible to me."
The rally, in honor of October's designation as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was a reminder for Elgin residents that domestic violence is more than just a woman's issue.
"For too long, domestic violence seemed to be only a woman's issue, and women were the only ones to stand up," said James Pinto, a crisis center board member. …