Take Back the Night: Domestic Violence Awareness Walk and Raly

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Updated: 5/03/2013 10:52 pm
        You might have seen a group of people walking through Old Town earlier tonight in Pocatello, Take Back the Night was the title of the event and their goal was to help bring awareness about domestic violence. Summer Joy stopped by to talk to locals to find out more about the event and to find out why they did it. 

         One in six women and one in 11 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

        "The most important thing is shatter the silence and talk about it. Sexually violence happens all the time. We don't want to see it, we don't want to talk about it, but if we don't there is no way we are going to stop it," said Aasa Burlin, the Assistant Director for the Anderson Gender Resource Center. 
Out of these crimes less than half are reported.

        "People don't come forward because their number one afraid, their afraid of what's going to happen to their family, what happens to my relationship, am I going to lose my kids, and a lot of people believe its their fault and they have been conditioned to believe that and it couldn't be further from the truth," said Mayor of Pocatello, Brian Blad. 

        To help bring those statistics down the event wants to bring awareness to local resources that can help.       

        "If there is any of kind of violence or if there is anything happening, there is help. Family Service Alliance, even if you are just questioning and you don't know what you want to do or really pursue or not go in there and find out what they can offer. The number is 251-help and give them a call," added Mayor Blad.   

        The event offered food, T-shirts, raffle prizes, music, and more, including some tools that can give you the spark you might need to get away. Mayor Brian Blad was also there to take a stand for a safer city of Pocatello. 

        "Statistics show that we do have this problem in our area and we need to stop it. It's about bringing the community together, it's about education, about all kinds of different things. We have more people than we did last year, and so I think the word is getting out slowly and it's so important for people to recognize that we do have a problem here and the only way to stop that problem is to recognize that and bring awareness to it," said Mayor Blad.  

        Besides wanting to bring awareness about these issues, they wanted to give people an opportunity to speak up and show support.

        "We walk every year and it's really awesome to bring awareness to the community and let people know that there is help out there if you do need it and a lot of people are there for you if you are in a bad situation," said Heather Richards, a participant. 

        Family Service Alliance is located on South Arthur Avenue in Pocatello. If you want more information on their services you can go online to www.fsalliance.org or call them at (208) 232-HELP.
        
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