Community News April 18, 2018

Adena Holds Community Walk and Vigil Honoring Sexual Assault Victims

Adena Health System’s Sexual Assault Survivor Advocates and Nurse Examiners are building on the powerful #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements to recognize National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to continue to empower women, children and men, who have experienced sexual violence to speak up.

Over the last year, Adena’s Sexual Assault Survivor program has served more than 230 victims at Adena Regional Medical Center. This includes 12 human trafficking victims and 160 sexual assault patients, of which more than 100 were children.

Adena’s Sexual Assault Survivor caregivers and community members will once again be coming together for the 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk and Vigil.


When:              Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.


Where:             Ross County Court House

                        2 N. Paint Street, Chillicothe


Attendees will meet outside the Ross County Court House for the reading of the annual proclamation, written by Mayor Luke Feeney and delivered by first lady Stacy M. Brooks, declaring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the city of Chillicothe, with special messages from Adena Sexual Assault Advocates and Nurse Examiners, County Prosecutor Matthew Schmidt and the Child Protection Center regarding sexual assault in Ross County and the importance of community support.

The group will then march to Yoctangee Park, where 160 flowers will be released into the pond each representing a different sexual assault survivor Adena treated in 2017.

For more information on the event, visit Adena’s official Facebook page.