To the Forum:
I attended the
march in support of domestic peace, and in memory of Miu Lan
As someone who has had first-hand experience with the
heartbreaking issue of domestic violence, I was deeply touched to see so many
people of all ages and races, men and women alike, turn out because one of the
most important things we can do is remind all those who are in such situations
that they are not alone.
Fortunately, Kaua’i offers some wonderful support
through the counselors at the shelter and elsewhere.
Still I was troubled
to see that some key people were not in attendance.
On an island where
half the murders are linked to domestic violence, where the police blotter is
filled with reports of spouse abuse and restraining order violations, where the
family court calendar is packed with these cases, I could only wonder, as we
stood outside the county building, where was the mayor? Where were our council
members? Where was the county prosecutor? Where was the police chief? And where
were all the cops who deal with this day in and day out?