By CLYDE FORD
Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Reba Weller remembers seeing women with faces puffy from broken cheekbones, children so hungry from neglect that their bones were visible underneath their skin and young girls who know more than they should about sex from abusive stepfathers.
Counselors recalled domestic violence horror stories Tuesday night at the Shenandoah Women's Center on Lawrence Street following their candlelight march.
About 15 people walked down the streets of Charles Town Tuesday night, holding candles in memory of those killed in domestic violence and to celebrate those who survived it, said Deputy Director Mindy Tramonti. The march was sponsored by the Shenandoah Women's Center to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Some of the horrifying tales of domestic abuse have happy endings, Weller and others said.
One case involved an abusive husband who frequently traveled. The children were so neglected that they suffered malnutrition, she said.