Take Back the Day walk makes its debut

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Organizers hope today's inaugural Take Back the Day, Walk to Prevent Sexual Violence, will bring more people to their cause.

"There has been a lot of enthusiasm," said Anne Ealick Henry, program director at the Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Service at University Hospital, speaking of the response to plans for the walk. "This is our first one, and we're really excited about it."

Henry said she would like to see at least 200 people come out. Participants are encouraged to create signs.

The walk, which originally had starting points in South Carolina and Georgia, will begin at Augusta State University's amphitheater and continue through Paine College and Medical College of Georgia campuses.

The walk will end at University Hospital.

Walkers who had planned to walk from the North Augusta Greeneway have been asked to go to Augusta State to start the walk.

Funds raised from the event will benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services.

The idea for the walk came from organizers of the annual Take Back the Night rally, which is scheduled Thursday at Augusta State. This will be its 14th year.

Both events observe Sexual Assault Awareness month and are collaborative efforts involving Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, Augusta State and Paine College.

If you go

TAKE BACK THE DAY WALK TO PREVENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE

WHEN: 9 a.m. today; Registration begins at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Augusta State University amphitheater, 2500 Walton Way

REGISTRATION FEE: $5, students; $10, individuals; $15, family

14TH ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday; program begins at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Augusta State University, front lawn of Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way

INFORMATION: (706) 774-2740

A candlelight walk will follow a short program that is to include speakers, including sexual assault survivors.


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