OSAGE | It was a sunny but chilly day, but it didn’t stop citizens and students from participating in the “Hear Me, My Voice, My Choice” Walk in downtown Osage on Tuesday, April 17, in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The walk brought local and county law enforcement, firefighters, council members, hospital staff and high school students, together to show their support for victims of sexual assault.
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) helped to sponsor the walk. SART members include Crisis Intervention Service, Mitchell County Attorney’s Office, Mitchell County Regional Health Center, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department, Osage Police Department and the St. Ansgar Police Department.
“Crisis Intervention Service and the Sexual Assault Response Team are very thankful for all the amazing community members and students who came to participate in the ‘Hear Me, My Voice, My Choice Walk’ to bring awareness to sex assault and support the victims of Mitchell County,” said Briana Rottinghaus of Crisis Intervention Service. “It showed how dedicated Mitchell County is at showing their support to victims of this crime."
Crisis Intervention Service helped over 60 victims of sex assault in Mitchell County in 2017.
“Sadly, the statistics show there are many other victims of this crime who choose not to come forward for fear of many elements,” Rottinghaus said. “I hope someday their voices can be heard as well.”