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Arsenal Employees Protest Domestic Violence

Members of the military and civilian employees paraded down Rodman Avenue on Arsenal Island Thursday. The Rock Island Arsenal held its annual "Join the Fight" march against domestic violence. 

Sarah Ritter was there.


One participant was Bob Quast, who's been trying to raise awareness of domestic violence since 1999, when his sister was killed by her abusive husband. 

He says his sister was extremely isolated during her relationship, which is a common sign of abuse. And he hopes holding marches like the one today will help other victims speak up.

Command Sergeant Major, Myris Callwood, says the Arsenal's Family Advocacy Program organized the march. And, it's appropriate for the event to be held at the Arsenal, because like civilians, almost all military families are affected by abuse.

After marching down Rodman Avenue, some participants read poems and tweets from victims of domestic violence.

Thursday was the third time the Rock Island Arsenal has held the "Join the Fight" march during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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