Thursday night dozens of students and parents and community members gathered in the parking lot of St. Martin de Porres High School to take a stand against sexual violence.
It's in honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Participants rallied against domestic violence and sexual assault before marching, holding signs and chanting.
Take Back the Night is organized by students and teachers at St. Martin de Porres High School, with support from Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the Domestic Violence Center of Greater Cleveland and Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Response Team.
Columbia County’s very first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, which takes place in many cityies across the country each year, will give residents a chance to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender violence by donning pairs of high heels and strutting for one mile from the IGA market to Columbia View Park in St. Helens. There will be music, prizes and a presentation. The walk begins at noon on April 16. A $13 registration fee includes a T-shirt.
Proceeds from the walk will go toward Safe Harbor's Sexual Assault and PEACE group. The cost is $15 per walker, and refreshments and favors will be provided.
This is the second annual event. Last year, 60 walkers, including members of agencies including Safe Harbor, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sheboygan County Victim Witness and Lakeland College participated, raising $472.
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