Monday, June 18, 2007

Silent March to Honor Tyran Vesperas-Saniatan

The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Rep. John Mizuno will co-host a silent march tomorrow to honor slain 14-year-old Tyran Vesperas-Saniatan. The purpose of the march is to create greater awareness on the issue of domestic violence, which often goes unreported by victims.

When: Tuesday, June 19th at 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: State Capitol - Marchers will gather at the Father Damien statue

On June 11th, Tyran was allegedly stabbed in the neck and killed by his father, Tyrone Vesperas, while trying to save his mother, Cheryl-Lyn Saniatan. Cheryl-Lyn, who was pregnant with a near term fetus, was stabbed in the abdomen. She survived the attack; the baby did not.

This year, the Legislature recognized that sexual violence and domestic abuse are not only law enforcement issues, but social issues that must be addressed in multiple ways.
HB500, the budget bill, provides $1,076,217 in general funds for fiscal years 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 for the Statewide Sexual Violence Services program through the Department of the Attorney General. It also increases funding for domestic violence shelters throughout the
State by authorizing an additional $762,500, statewide, for each year of the biennium.

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