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Take Back the Night fights violence against women

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:45 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – On Tuesday, April 29, Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention agency, will host Take Back the Night and a Survivor Speak-Out.

These events will focus on raising awareness of the issue of sexual assault in our community, and will allow survivors and other community members to share their stories and stand together, publicly declaring that sexual abuse and assault are unacceptable crimes with no place in our community.

This event will also introduce Safe Passage’s new executive director, Mary Ellen Schaid. Schaid brings more than 15 years of nonprofit leadership to her position.

The evening’s events will begin shortly before 7 p.m. with a brief rally at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St., DeKalb. Those assembled will then “Take Back the Night,” marching south on First Street to the downtown area, then back to the starting point.

After the march, a Survivor Speak-Out will take place in the church’s basement. This event will include brief comments from Safe Passage staff, as well as an opportunity for survivors and community members to share their experiences. The Speak-Out will also feature Safe Passage’s Clothesline Project, an interactive, collaborative art project with T-shirts decorated by survivors of violence.

Safe Passage has been serving DeKalb County since 1981 by providing services to people affected by domestic and sexual violence, as well as engaging in proactive violence prevention efforts. For more information, contact the hotline at 815-756-5228.

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