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Annual Walk for Awareness held Sept. 1

The 26th annual Walk for Awareness will be held Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Appalachian State University. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. at Sanford Mall and end at the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.

View larger imageStudents and others participate in the 2014 Walk for Awareness, a silent walk across campus that commemorates lives lost to violence and supports victims and survivors of violence. (Photo by Marie Freeman)

Speakers include Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, student leaders and Kit Gruelle, a graduate of Appalachian, is a survivor of domestic violence. Gruelle was special advisor and film subject for the HBO documentary “Private Violence.” She has worked as a battered women’s advocate and community educator for over 25 years, educating advocates, criminal justice professionals, healthcare providers, faith leaders, educators and other allied professionals about domestic violence.

Prior to the walk, the video “Why Walk? A Survivor’s Story” will be shown at 8 p.m. in I.G. Greer Theater.

The Walk for Awareness is part of the university’s Safety Week Sept. 1-3. The walk began in 1989 after the abduction and murder of a university employee. It serves as a reminder to campus and community members alike that personal safety is important. It also commemorates lives lost to violence, supports victims and survivors of violence, and serves as a collective moment of empowerment.