Activities aimed at ending domestic violence, sexual assault

CHAMPAIGN — Two local activities are being held in connection with the No More movement to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

A task force started last spring will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., C.

Also, the Center for Women in Transition has scheduled a rally and free cook-out Oct. 1. to kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Oct. 1.

The rally and cook-out will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Midland States Bank, 1617 W. Springfield Ave, C.

The Center for Women in Transition is inviting the community to come and speak out against domestic violence at the rally. The first 25 people attending will receive a free T-shirt.

The public is also invited to attend the meeting of the Central Illinois Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force, which will be meeting for the second time, says Stephanie Ames, spokeswoman for Rape Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services.

"This is a community initiative," she said. "We need the involvement of the community to make this work."

The national No More Movement was started in 2009, and the Center for Women in Transition got it started in the local area this past spring with the launch of the task force, Ames said.

The group is bringing together representatives from the criminal justice system, health care, social services and churches. Members worked in smaller groups over the summer, and the upcoming meeting at the library will focus on what they accomplished, "and how we see ourselves moving forward," Ames said.

The goal is to come up with an awareness and educational campaign directed at ending rape and domestic violence and establish goals for ongoing victim safety and justice and accountability for offenders, she said.

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