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April 29, 2014

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes: Safenet event raises $10K

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County residents helped raise more than $10,000 Saturday during the fourth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event at Gazebo Park.
Sponsored by Safenet Services, the walk commemorates National Crime Victims Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Participants were encouraged to wear red and carry signs to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault in Claremore and surrounding areas.
“It’s time to stand up and say ‘no,’” said Safenet Director Donna Grabow. “All of us together can break the cycle of abuse.”
Grabow said domestic abuse can be difficult for victims to talk about. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is a positive way to get people to talk about a negative, difficult issue,” she said.
The event included Paws for a Cause, allowing dogs to participate in the walk. Registration fees and sponsorships toward Paws for a Cause will be used for on-site kennels and care for pets that women bring with them to the domestic abuse shelter.
Grabow said approximately 125 walkers and 12 “paws” participated in the event.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton was among several community leaders who participated in the walk.
The sheriff’s office receives radio calls involving domestic and sexual abuse on a daily basis, but Walton said a substantial amount of cases are not reported.
He said he appreciates the mission of Safenet and supporters who get involved to remind victims of abuse that they do have a voice, and do not have to feel trapped any longer.
Safenet Services assists victims of domestic and sexual abuse in Rogers and Mayes County through a variety of services, including a domestic abuse shelter.
For more information, call Safenet Services at (918) 341-1424.
 

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