Hope Harbor’s annual Take Back the Night march for sexual assault prevention month cancelled

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – April is sexual assault prevention month, and while COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, many people suffer in silence from this other worldwide tragedy.

Men and women all over the world have been the victims of sexual assault.

Staff members at Hope Harbor, a sexual trauma recovery center in Bowling Green, are spending this month wearing blue in honor of sexual assault prevention month but this year, the annual Take Back the Night march is cancelled due to COVID-19.

Hope Harbor will still have t-shirts for sale to show your support.

Hannah Good, a Western Kentucky University graduate and sexual assault survivor, says during this pandemic people are supposed to lean on one another.

“Part of that is taking care of each other and understanding that the trauma of COVID-19 and the destruction of it intersects with already in place systemic problems and already in place struggles,” said Good.

According to the CDC, nearly one in five women and one in 38 men have experienced completed or attempted rape in their lifetimes, while the statistics for broader sexual assault is substantially higher.

T-shirt orders will close on April 10 at 8 in the morning and will be delivered on April 23 or 24.