Turning Point Executive Director Equiller Mahone says the Sexual Assault Awareness Glow Walk aims to inform the community about sexual assault, and highlight the services Turning Point provides.
“Over the past couple of months, sexual assault has been a trending topic in the media. Movements such as ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ have increased awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault in our communities,” Mahone said. “Although April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, we need to be sure we are promoting awareness about the issue every day.”
The Glow Walk begins at 7 p.m. at Snow Hinton Park’s Cherry Shelter. Participants are encouraged to wear teal – the official color for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Survivors of sexual assault will share their stories, and time will be taken to acknowledge and remember sexual assault victims.
Mahone says the Glow Walk is just one of many events Turning Point will have during the month of April.
“Sexual assault can cast darkness in an individual’s life, but with the right resources, the individual can walk out of this darkness. No one should have to deal with the effects of sexual assault alone,” Mahone said. “This event is also an opportunity to remind the community that we have resources available to help those who have been sexually assaulted. Sexual assault victims and survivors are not alone; we are here to help.”
Turning Point is a non-profit organization that provides a 24-hour crisis line, safe shelter, food, clothing, transportation, personal future planning and preparation, individual counseling, support group programs and court advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in nine counties across the West Alabama area.