Memorial 5K will help raise money for electronic monitoring of domestic violence abusers

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff
Posted June 06, 2012, at 8:52 p.m.

DEXTER, Maine — Money raised from a road race to be held in honor of the Lake family will, in part, be put toward a fund aimed at electronic monitoring of domestic violence abusers.

The second annual Amy, Coty, Monica Memorial 5K Race/Walk to End Domestic Violence will be run on Sunday, June 17, beginning at Bud Elms Field on Zions Hill Road in Dexter at 10 a.m.

Amy Lake and her two children, Coty and Monica, were murdered by her estranged husband, Steven, in their home last June. Steven Lake then killed himself.

Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, helped get an electronic monitoring fund put into the supplemental state budget. The fund has $500 of seed money in it, said Fredette, with the hopes of more money being donated.

Fredette explained that an electronic monitor, such as an ankle bracelet, could give victims of domestic violence an opportunity to flee if the abuser gets within a certain range.

Last year’s road race raised $19,000 among 700 participants, said organizer Kelly Gay, a kindergarten teacher at Ridge View Community School in Dexter, where Amy Lake taught.

Half of that money was donated to Dover-Foxcroft’s Womancare, an organization that is working to end domestic violence, and the Amy, Coty, Monica Scholarship Fund in Dexter.

This year, proceeds will go toward the electronic monitoring fund, said Gay.

“What’s more important, the scholarship fund or a fund that could actually save somebody’s life?” Gay said, noting that the scholarship fund has sufficient funds at the moment. “If that particular device was around, it could’ve saved all three of them.”

The money in the electronic monitoring fund will be initially used for research and groundwork, so that in the future a more robust plan for electronic monitoring can be put in place, Fredette said.

Other details also would have to be worked out, such as who would have the monitors placed on them and who would monitor those people.

“We’re not there yet because we don’t have the foundation,” said Fredette.

Registration for the race is between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The race starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 to race or walk in the 5K.

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