First domestic violence awareness run held in downtown Hattiesburg

First domestic violence awareness run held in downtown Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly one hundred people gathered in downtown Hattiesburg Saturday morning to take a stand against domestic violence.

They participated in an inaugural 5-K Run and One-Mile Walk at Town Square Park with the theme, "It May Hurt to Walk Away."

It was done to raise awareness of domestic violence and to bring in funds for Hattiesburg's Domestic Abuse Family Shelter.

It was organized by Hattiesburg Police and the alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. It is also the first of several events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

"It's not always something that gets the top billing, as far as awareness, so we wanted to make sure that we got out and did something that would bring awareness to the serious topic, especially for women," said Marshae McNeal, a member of the alumni chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

"We all have someone we know, somebody in the family, somebody in our neighborhood that's dealing with domestic violence and (some) don't know they could come out and they could get help," said Tracey Morgan, a former victim of domestic violence who spoke about the subject prior to the beginning of the run.

The event concluded with a balloon release in honor of victims of domestic violence.