Striking out violence

Bowling event slated for Saturday

The second annual Strike Out Violence bowling fundraiser will take place on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. at Wayward Social. While the event will be recreational in nature, it is also intended to raise money for and draw attention to the epidemic that is sexual assault.

Sponsored by the Marshall County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Coalition, the event is held in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“We, as a coalition, are putting teal ribbons around town along with the Marshalltown Community College students, and holding the bowling event because it is a fun, family centered event that raises awareness around the prevalence of sexual assault, and it raises money for our coalition,” said Trisha Hall, a member of the coalition who also serves as a sexual assault advocate for ACCESS.

The coalition is made up of concerned citizens, who meet on a near monthly basis. It will next meet on Tuesday July 10 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the City Centre Building.

Those interested in attending Strike Out Violence do not need to pre-register. For a fee of $12 per person, attendees can bowl all they would like during the event.

“Sexual Assault affects 1 in 4 people directly and everyone indirectly. Sexual violence plagues every community, and in Marshalltown alone, there have been 15 reports so far this year,” Hall said. “Sexual Assault is the most underreported crime. If someone discloses that they have been assaulted, the most important thing you can do is believe and support them, then help them find resources. It needs to be talked about and victims need to be heard and believed for social change and awareness to occur.”

For more information, visit the coalition’s Facebook page. To learn more, contact Hall at: 641-753-4142 or trisha@assaultcarecenter.org or Sue Tufte at: 641-753-4143.

The 24-hour crisis line for ACCESS may be reached at: 515-292-5378.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com