Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Annual march inspires people to stand against violence, abuse

Take Back the Night ends at Peace Bell

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Take Back the Night, the annual march against domestic violence and sexual abuse, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in Cincinnati and cross a bridge into Newport, where the World Peace Bell will ring.

        In its 11th year, the march and candlelight vigil attracts hundreds of people.

        At one time, the organizers were virtually the only ones who attended, said Kathy Miller-Cox, director of the sexual abuse treatment program at the Family Nurturing Center in Fort Mitchell.

        Now, she said, people call to find out when the march will take place. This year, a Web site and phone number have been established to provide details.

        “A lot of times women get out of domestic violence situations, or get help, because people have been to the march, and they pick up resources and pass them along,” Ms. Miller-Cox said.

        Ms. Miller-Cox runs 12-week, group therapy sessions for sexual abuse victims between ages 3 and 19. She knows abuse is often passed from one generation to the next. She thinks events such as Take Back the Night are not purely symbolic.

        This year's event will begin at 7 p.m. with an assembly at Bicentennial Commons in Sawyer Point Park in Cincinnati. At 7:30 p.m., the group will march across the Southgate-Taylor Bridge to the World Peace Bell at York and Fourth streets in Newport.

        There will be live music and a “speak-out” by abuse survivors. T-shirts made by victims and survivors will be on display as part of the national clothesline project.

        The peace bell will be struck “to symbolize the hope for peace and an end to sexual assault and violence,” said Jo Wilder of Holly Hills Children's Services in Campbell County, which provides residential treatment for troubled girls in foster care.

        Holly Hills is one of several sponsors for the event.

        For more information, call 291-5100 or visit http://walk.to/tbtn.


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