Hands of Hope in Little Falls urges county to rally against domestic violence
Residents of Morrison County are encouraged to speak up and break the silence at an upcoming march aimed at tackling some of toughest, least talked about issues facing the community: domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
“The idea behind it is just to get out there and say ‘We’re not afraid, we’re here, we’re going to be known,’” said Amanda Kaping, sexual assault and volunteer coordinator for Hands of Hope.
The “Take Back the Night” event taking place Thursday marks the 22nd annual rally hosted by Hands of Hope Resource Center in Morrison County.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Maple Island Park in Little Falls and will feature information, a proclamation, guest speaker Phyllis Michael and other activities to raise awareness of domestic violence and alert people to its prevalence in the community.
“It affects everyone, whether it’s you personally, a family member or someone you know,” Kaping said. “It’s happening, it’s just that nobody talks about it … it’s definitely a touchy subject and everyone wants to believe that it doesn’t happen.”