Barton County Commissioners have joined with other officials in choosing April as a time to help raise awareness about the plight of sexual abuse.
Commissioners approved a proclamation designating the state as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and they were told that there are special programs planned for the month.
Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner told the commissioners that there will be a second annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event planned for the downtown courthouse square from 1-4 p.m. on April 30.
The event is intended to allow a show of support for the victims of sexual violence and to get the community involved in a fun event, Patzner said.
Around the nation, Sexual Assault Awareness Month “is designated to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexual assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.”