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Walk for Awareness Held Sept. 2 at Appalachian

BOONE–“Stick Together” is the theme for this year’s Walk for Awareness, an event begun 14 years ago to raise awareness regarding assault on women and others. Members of the Appalachian State University and Watauga County communities are invited to gather on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. on Appalachian’s Sanford Mall to begin the silent walk through campus.

Because of campus construction and the number of participants in the annual event, this year’s walk will cross under Rivers Street at the campus tunnels and end at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

“Stick Together” expands on a program operated by Appalachian’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault that urges students to watch out for one another when they go to a party or other activity. Students are urged to talk about their plans with a roommate or friend before leaving their residence hall or apartment, be aware of their surroundings and watch out for unusual behavior or personality changes in friends.

Speakers for the evening are Jennifer Herman with OASIS, Suzette Patterson with Appalachian’s Coalition Against Sexual Assault and students Ezell Williams and Zack Lesh-Huey.

In addition, an information fair focusing on personal safety will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union.

The Walk for Awareness began in 1989 following the abduction and murder of university employee Jeni Gray. It has since evolved into a memorial to Gray and a reminder to campus and community members to always be aware of their personal safety.

The Walk for Awareness is supported by the Appalachian Parents Association and University Highlands.