The Duncan Banner

Local News

October 3, 2013

Women’s Haven Silent Witness program returns to Fuqua Park

DUNCAN — Red silhouettes stand silently throughout Fuqua Park East. Although the cutouts don’t have mouths, they say more with silence than in the words printed on their chests.

Women’s Haven brought the Silent Witness program back to Fuqua Park as a remembrance that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Silent Witness program places silhouettes, representing people who have died because of domestic violence, in the park to share stories with the Stephens County community.

“One in four women will be abused in her lifetime,” Penny Gardner, director of education at Women’s Haven, said. “Every three seconds, there’s a woman abused in our country.”

The Silent Witness program originated in 1990, in Minnesota, to raise awareness of domestic violence. The program has a number of victims represented, ranging in age from 3 months to 77 years.

The State of Oklahoma has 52 silhouettes that travel around the state. Although Women’s Haven put up several, Gardner and other Women’s Haven workers and advocates were reluctant to put up all of the silhouettes brought to Stephens County this year.

“Because of the threat of rain, we couldn’t put up the entire display,” Gardner said. “If it rains, we have to take them down immediately.”

The silhouettes set up in Fuqua Park tell the stories of what happened to people caught in the crossfire of domestic violence, women and their children murdered as a result of domestic violence and infants killed because of domestic violence.

Gardner said she wants people to be better informed about domestic violence. And with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, she hopes people will wear purple in support of the victims of domestic violence. Today is actually Wear Purple Day in Oklahoma.

She said there are plenty of victims of domestic violence in Stephens County. Women’s Haven helps people throughout the year.

“Women’s Haven served nearly 200 men, women and children in the last year,” Gardner said.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Red Cross notes importance of local participation

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25 National Day of the Cowboy 0013.jpg National Day of the Cowboy kicks off Saturday

    The annual National Day of the Cowboy will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
    The theme is centered around Native American culture and will be showcased through a variety of different activites, specifically the ongoing Allan Houser Exhibition.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Temperature hits 101

    The temperature hit 101 in Duncan on Thursday and stayed there for about two hours before cooling down to 99 at 6:35 p.m., the National Weather Service reported.
    More hot weather is in the forecast.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 Rotary Mike Nelson 0087.jpg Nelson discusses Duncan’s water supply during Rotary meeting

    Duncan Vice Mayor Mike Nelson doesn’t think Duncan residents need to worry about the city’s water supply.
    Despite Stage 3 water rationing, which limits outdoor watering to midnight to 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Nelson said the forethought of Duncan’s forefathers, who were also Duncan Rotary members, have created a backup system for the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-24 Douglass Pool Update 0081.jpg What’s dug up at cemetery goes down at spray pad project

       Dana Stanley knew just where to go to get fill dirt for the Douglass Park spray pad project -- the local cemetery.
       The city is building a splash pad on top of what used to be Douglass Pool, but  before that happens  a fairly large hole has to be filled.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest for Duncan man

    Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who was allegedly found to have two bags of methamphetamine and two bags of marijuana in his home.
    Duncan Police Officer Suzannahe Weir said she stopped Steven Fontinott, 62,  for a traffic violation on Saturday.

    July 24, 2014

  • Man drives drunk, rolls truck in the process

    A felony warrant was issued for a Marlow man who was allegedly found to have been driving drunkenly following a rollover accident on Nabor Road.
    Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Darin Carman said William Waller, 33, was pinned under the steering wheel of his truck and smelled of alcohol.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hard year for peaches doesn't dampen summer tradition

    A rusting, silver-colored water tower tells visitors to this rural town between Muskogee and Tulsa that they've come to the “Peach Capitol of Oklahoma.”
    Residents of Stratford, the state’s other self-proclaimed peach capital, might beg to differ. Even so, Porter is known for its peaches, and every year thousands of people flood this town of about 600 residents to taste and celebrate the local crop during the three-day Peach Festival.

    July 24, 2014

  • Gun and drugs found in man’s car as he flees

    Bond was set at $10,000 Wednesday for a Duncan man who allegedly left a pistol, four bags of methamphetamine, a bag of marijuana and paraphernalia in a car after running away from the vehicle.
    Duncan Police Officer Anna Van Dyck said Jahmar Sullivan, 31, opened the passenger door of the car he was riding in and fled while she was conducting a traffic stop on July 6.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24 WaterColor.jpg Artistic expression colors her world

    Sixteen-year-old Darien Vassella is a painting prodigy.
    The Duncan native took part in a two-day watercolor class at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to further hone her talents.
    Vassella said her family realized she could paint when she took her first art class at 13. Since then, the young artist has sold three paintings.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo