The Family Crisis Center and the Nacogdoches S.A.V.E. Coalition are sponsoring the Take Back the Night walk to challenge sexual violence in the Nacogdoches community and the beliefs and attitudes, which contribute to sexual violence. Before the walk, there will be program featuring community speakers.
“We encourage the community to take part in this event to bring attention to a very serious problem in our society today,” said NISD superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes.
Take Back the Night is one of many activities hosted by the Family Crisis Center of East Texas during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is recognized each April.
Other upcoming area events include:
-A Call to Prayer Day on April 21— A day designated for the community to pray for the victims and survivors of sexual violence, organized by the Angelina County S.A.V.E. Coalition. The coalition is a community-wide effort to stop sexual violence before it happens by creating an environment where sexual violence is not permissible.
-Shop for Survivors on April 27 — Shop the Family Crisis Thrift Stores in Lufkin or Nacogdoches to show support of sexual assault survivors. Mention this month’s theme, STEP UP FOR CHANGE, that day and receive 10 percet off of your entire purchase.
More on Take Back the Night from http://takebackthenight.org/about
In 1999, Katie Koestner led the initiative, along with others committed to the mission of Take Back the Night, to establish the international headquarters and charitable 501(c)3 foundation of Take Back The Night. Katie Koestner was the first woman to speak out nationally and publicly about date rape and has personally spoken at more than 400 Take Back the Night events throughout North America. …
The Take Back The Night Foundation seeks to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.