It’s Time…..To Get Involved

7th Annual “Put Your Foot Down Against Sexual Assault”

10k Run 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk

You’re out, and you think you saw something. You’re not sure; maybe it was nothing. So, you ignore it. The next day you hear the news. Someone needed your help, but you didn’t know what to do.

You, as an engaged bystander, have the opportunity to act and safely change the outcome — to prevent an assault by stepping in when you see something that doesn’t look right. Maybe you heard someone say something sexist or degrading. Maybe you witnessed someone trying to take advantage of a friend. Studies have shown that the occurrence of rape is far more extensive than reported in official statistics, and that the large majority of rapists are never apprehended.

In a society that promotes a ‘mind your own business’ message, speaking up might seem difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s time … to get involved and do what is right. By doing so, you are watching out for someone’s brother, sister, child, neighbor, or friend every time you speak up. Next time, it could be your loved one that needs help. Working together, we can raise awareness, change attitudes, and help prevent sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Show your support by joining Hope Crisis Center and the Bob & Wauneta Burkley Wellness Center in the 7th Annual “Put Your Foot Down Against Sexual Assault” 10k Run or 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk. The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in the Fairbury City Park. Registration will begin at 7:45AM at the Fairbury Community Building located in the park. The Run/Walk event begins at 8:30AM. The cost of the event is $20 per participant if registered by April 4th. Each pre-registered participant will receive a t-shirt and participant bag. Registrations will be accepted after the April 4th deadline at a cost of $25 per participant, however there will be no guarantee of an event t-shirt or bag. Great prizes and a free-will offering pancake feed will be provided following the run/walk.

To register or for more information, contact Hope Crisis Center in Fairbury at 402-729-2570 or find us on Facebook. You can also visit our website at for registration information.

Hope Crisis Center serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Thayer and York Counties in Nebraska. Toll free confidential crisis line 1-877-388-HOPE (4673).

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