Memorial Walk and Run benifits victims of domestic violence

Hundreds walk in Mount Clemens for sixth annual walk to benefit Turning Point

Author: Will Jones, Local 4 Reporter, @Local4Will, wjones@wdiv.com
Published On: Sep 28 2013 03:01:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 28 2013 09:51:32 PM EDT
MT CLEMENS, Mich. -

The Tara Grant Memorial Walk and Run is for victims of domestic violence who need a place to turn to for help.

There are victims right now who want to take the first step to end their situation but they don't know how; that's what the walk is all about.

"Domestic violence is a big issue in not only Mount Clemens but all the communities throughout Michigan. It's important to me to raise awareness about it," said Jenna Aracia of Washington Township

Saturday hundreds of people took to the streets in Mount Clemens for the sixth annual walk and run.

Grant's story captured national attention in 2007. She was strangled and her body was dismembered at the hands of her husband Stephen who is currently serving a 50-year sentence. 

Tara's sister Alicia Standerfer says no one saw it coming.

"Tara was a very, very strong person. I did try to talk to her but she was very private, she wanted to keep her private life to herself even with her own sister," said Standerfer.

Alicia, along with Tara's daughter and mother joined the crowd of walkers in hopes no other family will have to feel their pain.

This walk raises thousands of dollars for Turning Point each year. The organization helps victims run away from the abuse.

"If you're in a situation that something is in your gut telling you that things are not right in your relationship. I don't feel respected. I feel controlled. I am scared. I walk on egg shells daily. If you're feeling that way and you're uncertain, I would call Turning Point." said Kirsten Vogel Turning Point board member

Christine Washington walked with her mom. The 8-year-old says she's dreaming of a world where people treat each other with respect. 

"Because if you be nice to people, it helps people. It makes them smile," said Washington.

For more information about Turning Point's website.