Catherine Walters: Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault notes anniversary, awareness month
On April 15, Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault celebrated its 39th anniversary.
Founded as a crisis hotline and spearheaded by women in the Springfield community, Prairie Center has provided rape crisis services to survivors of sexual assault, their families and friends since 1975.
By coincidence, April is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. During the month, Prairie Center highlights sexual violence as a public health and social justice issue and reinforces the necessity of prevention.
Recently, the eighth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Men’s March took place. Hundreds of men paraded through downtown Springfield in women’s red high heels in order to raise awareness about the causes and consequences of sexual violence.
Although it is humorous watching men struggle to walk in women’s shoes, their efforts get our community talking about two issues which can be difficult to discuss: rape and sexual assault.