March and vigil honors survivors of sexual assault

March and vigil honors survivors of sexual assault

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A local rape crisis center is hosting Take Back the Night, a half-mile march and vigil to honor survivors of sexual assault.

The center, People Against Rape (PAR), serves the Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties with free support services.

The march will start at the Unitarian Church in downtown Charleston and continue near the College of Charleston's campus. The church address is 4 Archdale St. After the march, participants will meet back at the church for a candlelight vigil, a moment of silence and a speak-out for survivors. Anyone is welcome to attend for free.

According to the Take Back the Night event page, every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. It also reports about 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men are the victims of attempted or completed rape.

Take Back the Night events have been held in more than 30 countries in more than 1,000 locations around the world. The mission is to take a public stand on behalf of sexual assault survivors and to show a commitment to ending this violence.

People can remain anonymous and talk with an advocate on the center's 24-hour hotline at 843-745-0144.

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