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Rally against sex assault set for Valentine’s Day

ELGIN – The Community Crisis Center in Elgin is partnering with other groups to host The Long Red Line-Voices Unite to End Violence from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin.

Those who attend the event, which aims to prevent violence and sexual assault and is part of the One Billion Rising initiative, are asked to bring a red scarf or cloth that can be joined with others to create a mile-and-a-half red line, said Maureen Manning-Rosenfeld, director of client services for the crisis center.

“This is a worldwide global effort to unite together and end violence against women – domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, all different types of violence against women,” Manning-Rosenfeld said.

The name One Billion Rising comes from the statistic that one in three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which equates to one billion women.

Manning-Rosenfeld said the event coincides with Valentine’s Day to contrast that not everybody celebrates with flowers, hearts and candy.

“For some people, it’s a sad day,” Manning-Rosenfeld said. “We encourage everybody to come out and join us.”

The first portion of the event will be outside, showing the red mile-and-a-half line; the second half of the event will be inside of the library for speakers and refreshments, she said.

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