Steps against domestic violence

8:15 PM, Aug 21, 2011   |    comments
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DEXTER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people wearing purple spoke out against domestic violence and remembered Amy, Coty, and Monica Lake at their Memorial 5K in Dexter.

"Amy was such a running fanatic, we decided that a 5k would be a great idea," said organizer and friend, Kelly Gay.

The fundraiser supported two charities: Womancare of Maine and the Amy, Coty and Monica Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Seven hundred people participated in the 5K, and organizers said they hope to make it an annual event.

Amy Lake and her two children died in June when her estranged husband killed them before taking his own life.

Her family thinks the law failed her.

"We need some laws changed in this state. They're a perfect example," said Lake's cousin, Lisa Rice.

"They did everything that they were asked to do by our legal system, and our legal system failed them."

Rice said Amy needed more protection after her husband first threatened them a year before their death.

"The hard thing is it took Amy and the kids to make us and the law understand how much domestic violence happens in Maine and nobody knows it, or understands it, or wants to do anything to prevent it," said friend Keeley Harnum.

They're working with Representative Ken Freddette on a bill that would give more rights to victims and less rights to offenders in domestic violence cases in hopes that it will help others. 

"Obviously her ending won't change, but it will change the ending for someone else," said Gay.

They're encouraged by the support from Sunday's event, and said Amy would be proud of the community's efforts.

"I think she'd be very happy to know that people are still fighting this battle for her," said Gay.



I think everything went 200 percent better than I had hoped that it would. It's because we live in a great community with great people."




















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