Sunday, October 01, 2000

Remnants of violence on display

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — The visual focus of Northern Kentucky's annual Day of Peace will be a 9-foot-high replica of a house torn in two.

        Visitors can walk through the middle of the work created by artist Stephen Caneto and see in the various rooms shoes, toys and other items that had belonged to murdered children. The piece is called “The Memorial of Our Lost Children.”

        “It gets the message across of what violence does to families,” said Maureen Rich, chairwoman of Day of Peace and public education coordinator for the Women's Crisis Center in Covington.

        The Day of Peace, sponsored by 15 Northern Kentucky organizations, will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at the World Peace Bell in Newport.

        This event coincides with the launching of National Domestic Violence Month, which begins today.

        An estimated 1 million crimes of domestic violence occurred in the country in 1998, but only half were reported, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

        “Every nine seconds, a woman is battered in this country,” Ms. Rich said. “More women are killed by domestic violence than by traffic accidents or any other accidents.”


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