To help raise awareness about teen dating violence and to promote healthy dating relationships among teens and young adults, a local group of concerned citizens will be hosting Ottawa County’s 4th Annual Take Back The Night March & Rally on April 25 from 7-8:30 p.m.at the Knights Of Columbus Hall in Port Clinton. The event will begin with a rally where guest speakers will discuss the topic and get the crowd ready for the march to the Ottawa County Court House via Madison Street for a candle lighting ceremony.
The candle lighting ceremony will focus on honoring those who have been murdered by an intimate partner, celebrate those who have survived intimate partner violence, and to give hope to those who are still victims of intimate partner violence. “Given the number of deaths related to intimate partner violence just in the past year, we feel it’s important that young adults are aware of the warning signs and know where to get help if they need it” commented a committee member, Roseann Hickman, about the importance of continuing this grassroots event.
The March back to the K of C Hall via Jefferson Street will then lead to the conclusion of the evening’s event and allow participants to browse the Ottawa-Erie County Clothesline Project as well as other literature, resources and information about teen dating violence, healthy relationships and domestic violence. When asked of committee member Mary Kay Baumgartner what she would like to accomplish with this year’s event is, she said “We just really want to encourage students and teens to come to this event. We hope they are able to learn something valuable from it and have a good experience”.
Participants are asked to wear purple to show support for ending intimate partner violence.