Safe Passage to Host Sexual Assault Awareness Event on Saturday

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Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s sexual assault and domestic violence crisis center, will recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month with an annual event on Saturday.

The third annual Walk a Mile will begin at noon. All participants, including men, will have an opportunity to wear high heels while walking a mile to show their support to survivors of sexual assault. Many people have already registered to show their support, but participants can also register in-person beginning at 11 am on the day of the event.

“Walk a Mile serves as an opportunity for our community to come together to say that sexual violence is not tolerated,” says Executive Director, Mary Ellen Schaid. “The event is a unique and fun way to raise awareness.” If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the event will move from NIU’s campus to the Kishwaukee Family YMCA in Sycamore.

“Walk a Mile is a great opportunity for the community to very publicly take a stand against sexual violence,” says Lynnea Erickson Laskowski, Director of Prevention and  Communication Services. “We’d love to be out on campus with our message, but we’re grateful to have such a great back-up plan, in case of rain!” Immediately following the event, participants will head to Fatty’s Pub and Grille for an award ceremony and drink specials to benefit Safe Passage.

Safe Passage is DeKalb County’s only domestic violence and rape crisis center. In addition to safe housing, the organization offers crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, prevention programming, and a partner abuse intervention program. The organization serves men, women, and children of all ages. All services at Safe Passage are free and confidential.

To learn more about the event, please visit www.safepassagedv.org/events or call 815.756.5228.