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ETSU to observe 'Take Back the Night' with 5K race/walk and other events

staff report • Mar 15, 2013 at 6:39 AM

JOHNSON CITY – To raise awareness about the problem of sexual and partner violence against women and children, East Tennessee State University will host the ninth annual “Take Back the Night” 5K race/walk on Saturday, March 23.

All proceeds from the race will benefit local programs supporting survivors of sexual and partner violence. Last year the race/walk attracted over 270 participants and raised more than $4,900 for organizations such as the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program at Johnson City Medical Center, which provides competent, compassionate medical care for survivors of sexual violence.

The race starts at 9:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Cave Patio area of ETSU’s D.P. Culp University Center. The entry fee is $14 before March 15 and $16 from then through the day of the race. Registration forms may be found at www.runtricities.org.

The event is a State of Franklin Track Club-certified King and Queen 5K road race, and the course traverses the ETSU campus and the historic Tree Streets community.

The ETSU Counseling Center’s OASIS program and Kappa Delta Sorority are organizing the event with the assistance of many campus and community donors and volunteers. Among the major sponsors are the Women’s Nutritional Health Center, WUJ Medical Alliance and the ETSU Interfraternity Council. Other sponsors include ETSU’s Women’s Studies Program and the departments of Campus Recreation and Housing and Residence Life.

In addition, a candlelight vigil honoring survivors of abuse is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in the ETSU Amphitheatre, located behind the Culp Center. A brief program of music and thoughtful reflection will be followed by a reception.

Another “Take Back the Night” event, the Clothesline Project, will be held Wednesday, March 20, through Friday, March 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., as well as Saturday, March 23, from 8:30-11 a.m. in the Amphitheatre. Participants are invited to decorate a t-shirt with a message supporting “breaking the silence of domestic and sexual abuse.”

Further information about all “Take Back the Night” events may be obtained by contacting Kristen Feemster or Jennifer McGhee of the ETSU Counseling Center at (423) 439-4841, or by e-mailing oasis@etsu.edu.

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