5th Annual Detra Rainey “Stop The Violence, Save A Life” Rally

September 28, 2017, 10:50 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — South Carolina ranks in the top 5 among states with the number of women who are killed in domestic violence situations.

To bring awareness in a proactive way, Men Against Domestic Violence will hold the 5th Annual Detra Rainey “Stop The Violence, Save A Life” rally near the Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.

“I do this in honor of my mom and my four siblings who were murdered,” said Christian Rainey, an advocate of criminal domestic violence awareness. “This Saturday will mark 11 years, so five years ago I started this event to honor them and bring about awareness to domestic violence.”

The event will feature guest speakers and survivors of domestic violence situations. “You hear theses stories on the news, but to actually be in front of somebody who has lived it, I think sometimes is inspiring for victims who are going through it at that time to let them know they can be a survivor,” he said.

Community members will also participate in the rally. Last year, Mayor John Tecklenburg and Keith Summey attended the rally, as well as leaders from here in the Lowcountry and Columbia.

For men or women who might be too afraid to say something about domestic violence, Rainey says they should understand the importance of speaking out about it. “When it comes to domestic violence understand that people tend to lose their life. We lost 46 lives in 2015,” he said. “Understand that if you don’t say anything to anyone, or you don’t speak out about it we are going to continue on this trend. We have to say one time is enough.”

FOX 24’s Tessa Spencer-Adams will be the emcee at this weekend’s rally. The event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and lasts until 3:00 p.m. at the Walmart on Centre Pointe Drive in North Charleston.

There will be free food and activities for the family, like music and jump castles.

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