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Harrison Countians asked to 'Take Back the Night'

Sexual assault, child abuse awareness event planned for April 23

April 15, 2009
The Harrison County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coordinating Council, thanks to the sponsorship of the Harrison County Community Foundation, will host its "Take Back the Night" event Thursday, April 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., on the Corydon town square to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The keynote speaker will be Rus Ervin Funk, who has worked for more than 25 years to address social, racial, gender and sexual justice throughout the country. He is the founder of MensWork Inc. and author of "Reaching Men: Strategies for Preventing Sexist Attitudes, Behaviors and Violence."

Additional information and a biography of Funk's professional works can be found at www.rusfunk.com.

Daniel Evans, who is the owner and instructor at Evans Martial Arts Academy in Scottsburg, will perform self-defense/instructional sessions. He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in tae kwon do with more than 23 years of experience in martial arts. Evans has trained law enforcement and military units in hand-to-hand and knife combat and was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as the 2007 Tae Kwon Do Instructor of the Year.

Take Back the Night will include video footage provided in part by Kyle Brewer, forensic program coordinator at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany, featuring real-world domestic violence injury. Live entertainment from area residents and educational information from area service providers will also be featured.

The free event is open to the public. Refreshments and seating will be made available.

Take Back the Night initially began in Germany in 1973 as a way for the public to speak out about violence against women. Moving to San Francisco in 1977, the event protested conditions that caused women to feel unsafe when alone at night on the streets.

There were more than 5,000 people from 30 states at the first Take Back the Night event, which has since become an evening for communities around the world to come together and speak with one voice for the elimination of sexual violence and other forms of violence.

The Harrison County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coordinating Council is comprised of professionals and community members committed to ending family violence.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast, council president, at 1-812-225-5437 or Jenny Woolen, vice president, at 738-4241.

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