CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A rally is giving support to survivors of sexual assault in downtown Charleston Thursday night.
The Take Back the Night March and Vigil will begin at the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street at 7 p.m. Participants will go on a mile-long march around the College of Charleston campus, followed by a candlelight vigil, a moment of silence, and a chance for survivors of sexual assault to tell their stories.
The event raises awareness for sexual assault, while encouraging survivors to speak out on the crimes.
Take Back the Night is hosted by People Against Rape, which provides support to adult victims of sexual assault in the Tri-County. The rally is also a milestone for the organization itself, which is bouncing back from a 2012 audit that uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars missing from the nonprofit's coffers. The board of trustees blamed a bookkeeper, but the money was never returned.
The group lost nearly $300,000 in grant money and 13 workers and almost went under. Officials now say they are back on top and ready to serve the Lowcountry.
A second community event will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Marion Square.