Mary Onama, LMSW
VSC statement on the death of Tyre Nichols
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.“
--Martin Luther King Jr.
When we hear about violence or see images of violent acts like those against Tyre Nichols, it is traumatizing no matter where the violence is or who commits the violence.
We are aware that there are many people in our communities who are traumatized by the impact of oppression and violence.
As victim advocates, counselors, therapists, and educators, we help people heal from trauma. VSC stands with victims of crime during some of the most difficult moments of their lives, in which they experience trauma on their bodies and in their minds. We speak from experience when we say that trauma impacts individuals and communities at large. Losing a loved one to violence is devastating and painful and has far reaching effects throughout generations.
If you have heard about what happened to Tyre Nichols and cried, you are not alone; if you are angry, you are not alone; if you are outraged, you are not alone. If the violence reminds you of a loved one you lost, you are not alone. If these difficult feelings are overwhelming, please feel free to reach out to VSC on our 24/7 crisis hotline at 888.521.0983. We are here to help.
Our crisis counselors listen. They can help you cope. They can help connect you with our services and resources in Montgomery County, including our support groups.
Join us in fulfilling our vision, which is to empower the community and to aid in the creation of a society free from violence.