Safe Alliance march aims to raise abuse awareness
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Safe Alliance in Union County assists more than 3,000 a year.
On Saturday, April 13 the groups members will march for victim’s rights in the county. The march will begin at the Safe Alliance office, 604 Lancaster Ave in Monroe and end at the Union County Courthouse, 500 Main Street in Monroe. Registration for the march begins at 8:30 a.m.
This will be Safe Alliance’s third year holding the event.
“It’s a great event that everyone in the community can participate in to create awareness about sexual violence and child abuse,” Region Director Pam Caskey said.
In the past, they have had 75 to 100 participants, in spite of rain. This year, they are projecting to have almost double that amount with 150 to 200 or more participants, Caskey said.
Upon reaching the courthouse, there is a moment of silence for any victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse or violent crimes. They will then have an advocate or a volunteer speak to the crowd. This year, Rep. Craig Horn, R-68, will be involved.
The theme of the event and many of their events this month is step up.
“We really need all members of our community to be willing to have the courage and step up that they do recognize sexual abuse,” Caskey said. “That they would reach out to them to help make a report or help get them connected to resources.”
Oftentimes, a child will report sexual abuse accidentally. Caskey hopes that through training and awareness, members of the community can learn to see the signs of abuse.
Prior to the march, there will be an open house at the Safe Alliance office from 8:30 a.m. until about 9 a.m.