'Speak My Name' pinwheel project recognizes victims of domestic violence

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PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Purple pinwheels are being planted across the region in an effort to recognize victims during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Turning Point Kentucky, a domestic violence services center in Floyd County, is using the pinwheels to stop people in their tracks.

"The pinwheel is just an attention-getter," said Turning Point Executive Director Connie Little. "We hope that people will walk up to the pinwheels and actually see the list of names of the victims."

Alongside the pinwheels is a list of 26 women who were killed in Kentucky since last year, as the result of alleged domestic violence.

The project is growing, with two yards in Pike County currently decorated and more to come across the region. Little said the pinwheels are one of a few different projects the center is working on this month to help spread awareness.

"We as advocates not only serve women and children that are currently residing in-shelter," Little said. "We always want to remember those that went before them."

She said the project shares the stories of each woman, helping to create a narrative that is often overlooked.

"To remember them and what they went through," she said. "What their legacy was that they're leaving now."

The lives being remembered by the project are: Trayona McDowell, Ja'Lynn Ragsdale, Megan Leigh Hough, Monika Roberts, Dana Hodges, Rhonda Laws, Brittney Silvers, Paige Murphy, Anna Noble, Debbie Forrest, Mandy Lemay, Rebecca Lancaster, Tera Todd, Tracy A. Riggsbee, Cherie Turner, Yunelsy Abdala Ramos, Geri D. Johnson, Kamari Snowden, Chloe Randolph Adikadir, Louise Cecil, Vicki S. Conner, Judy Stalcup, Darcy Markwell, Donna J. Hollon, Jennifer Bennett, and Lorie Smith.

Little said more pinwheel gardens are planned for Pike and Floyd County this month, adding that a candlelight vigil - like the one held during the Jenny Wiley Festival- will serve as a bookend for the awareness month.

For more information about the center and its resources, visit the Turning Point Facebook page or call 1(800)649-6605.

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