FARMINGTON — Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico has organized two events to bring awareness to a sexual assault and to educate the community about resources available for survivors.
Both events are scheduled for later this month, which is sexual assault awareness month.
The eighth annual Take Back the Night march and rally, which is co-sponsored by the San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force, takes place Thursday, beginning with a gathering at Safeway on West Main Street. Those gathered will then walk together to Orchard Park, where guest speakers will discuss issues surrounding sexual assault. There will also be an open mic for those wishing to share their own experiences.
Eleana Butler, executive director of Sexual Assault Services, stands in the examination room during a tour on Monday. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)
On Saturday, the third annual "Sassy" Tortoise and Hare Run fundraiser takes place at Lions Wilderness Park. The event offers a 10K run, 5K run/walk and a 1-mile run/walk for children. A barbecue lunch and drinks will be provided to participants following the race. There will also be activities for children and a raffle.
"The Tortoise and Hare Run is a really neat way for people to get out and do something fun and positive to help address this issue," Butler said.
Butler said she hopes both events will bring more awareness to sexual assault, and she points out the large number of sexual assaults that occur each year nationwide.
"It's hard to fathom that one in every three women and one in every six men will be sexually assaulted sometime in their lifetime, and that every three minutes, someone is sexually assaulted," she said. "People get so concerned when they hear about the swine flu or another epidemic, but those numbers are huge.
Sexual assault really is the silent epidemic." IF YOU GO
What: Take Back the Night march
When: 7 p.m. Thursday. Line up starts at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Line up at Safeway at 730 W. Main St. March goes to Orchard Park at 302 N. Orchard. Candlelight vigil will be held at dusk.
More info:Call 505-325-2805.
What: Sassy Tortoise and Hare Run/Walk
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Lions Wilderness Park, 5800 College Blvd.
Cost: $30 for the 10K, $25 for the 5K, $20 for the Kid s 1 mile run/walk.
More info:To register, visit www.active.com or call 505-325-2805.
For more information on Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico, visit www.sasnwnm.org or call 505-325-2805. The 24-hour crisis hotline can be reached at 505-326-4700, or 1-866-908-4700.
Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico collects blankets, towels and toys to give to survivors of sexual assault. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)