Two community events will mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month beginning with a walk Saturday aimed at preventing the violent crime and ending with stories from victims.
Several hundred people are expected to walk three miles from Augusta State University to Paine College and Georgia Health Sciences University.
The third annual Take Back the Day, Walk to Prevent Sexual Violence ends in front of University Hospital.
On Thursday, the 16th annual Take Back the Night Rally and candlelight march will be held at Augusta State University.
Leaders from area colleges, law enforcement, the district attorney’s offices and sexual assault victims will speak.
“I’m so impressed by our survivors who are able to stand up and speak about their journey,” said Charlotte Murton, a crisis specialist at Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. “Every story is different, but they all have that same ring of truth that healing can occur.
“You can have a good life after that. It doesn’t mean the end of things.”
Murton said women, men and children all can be victims of sexual assault.
The daytime walk was added in recent years to remind people that a crime can happen at any time of day or night.
Proceeds from the walk will help benefit the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services.