BEND, OR -- Saving Grace will honor victims of sexual abuse, Friday, at its annual Take Back the Night event in downtown Bend. Erin Rook, with the local non-profit, says it’s a chance for everyone to ask questions and learn how to prevent sexual violence. "We’ll have a healthy relationships fair that spans the whole time, from 6-9 p.m. on Friday. That’ll take place at the Liberty Theater space downtown. We’ll have booths and different activities that people can participate in; things for all ages that really just emphasize healthy relationship skills."
He tells KBND News the event is family-friendly, and important for all ages. "[To] kind of get them to ask questions about myths and facts, and really have a lot of creative interactive activities. But, in addition to that, we’ll also have survivors speak out; so, folks that have experienced sexual violence or who work with folks who have, will kind of share their stories and talk about why it’s so important for the community to come together as a whole around this."
At 7 p.m., survivors are scheduled to speak out at Mirror Pond Plaza, about the impacts of sexual and domestic violence. And at 7:30, attendees can participate in the annual "Shine a Light Walk" through downtown.
More of our conversation with Erin Rook of Saving Grace is available at our Podcast