KOKOMO, Ind. — Hundreds of Indiana University Kokomo students, faculty, and staff, and community members will take to the streets Tuesday, April 19, raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, at the annual Not on Our Campus, Not in Our Community Walk.
The rally begins at 5:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall, in the Kelley Student Center, and includes a presentation by a domestic violence survivor. The one-mile Angel Walk begins at 6 p.m., rain or shine. It is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Family Service Association of Howard County’s domestic violence shelter.
“It is reassuring to see so many people walk to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual abuse,” said Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity. “It is important for our campus to host this event, to create awareness for these serious issues. Many times, people don’t realize what abuse may look like, or don’t know where to turn. We hope this event helps people connect to the right people or agencies for help, for themselves or someone they know.”
The walk starts from the student center and moves north on Washington Street toward the Kokomo Schools administration building. Walkers will then circle back to campus for food and music. Students also will display posters and research relating to sexual assault and domestic violence, in Upper Alumni Hall.
The event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the Family Service Association of Howard County’s domestic violence shelter. Student organizations raise money leading up to the event. Last year, more than 400 people participated in the walk and $18,000 was raised for FSA.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.