ELGIN – The Long Red Line event – which supports One Billion Rising, a global movement against rape and interpersonal violence – will be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Valentine’s Day, at The Centre of Elgin Heritage Ballroom, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin.
Participation for the event will be inside for weather-related reasons, said Carolyn Karp of the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, one of the sponsors of this year’s event.
“The event brings awareness to violence that people experience around the world,” Karp said. “In years past, we had a turnout of 100, and hopefully we will have that many this year.”
As a visual expression of support, participants are asked to bring a red cloth or scarf to connect with others in creating the symbolic long red line.
Rabbi Margaret Frisch Klein, rabbi at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin and chairwoman of the 16th Judicial Circuit Faith Committee on Domestic Violence, said the event is important because it draws attention to the frequency of rape and sexual assault.
“One in three women are victimized … one in seven men at some point in their lifetime,” Klein said. “So in a group of 1,000 women, 300 have been attacked in their lifetime. You don’t know who is sitting next to you. It’s important to let everybody know this is not OK. And it gives survivors a tremendous amount of courage and hope, so they feel like they are not alone.”