CAPSA wants to Take Back the Night and help victims of abuse

The sixth annual Take Back the Night fundraiser for CAPSA (Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse) on Friday, May 1 is expected to be by far the biggest yet according to James Boyd, CAPSA’s director of marketing and development.

The one-mile walk and 5K run begins at 7 p.m. at the Logan Aquatic Center following a scenic route along the Logan River Trail. Boyd said the event is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and proceeds from the activity will help support programs to serve survivors of rape, domestic violence and sexual assualt.

He invites everyone to participate and individuals who are not able to can make a donation to show their support. Boyd says CAPSA is a non-profit sexual assault, rape and domestic violence recovery center.

“We provide services from crisis through healing,” Boyd explains. “We’re providing services for those who need support from protective orders, court advocacy, therapy, just someone to talk to, shelter.

“We also have transitional housing programs helping those who have come in to our shelter program and who are leaving the shelter and needing somewhere to stay.”

Boyd also explained that the organization is in the final stages of completing a significant construction project.

“One of our exciting programs right now is we are building homes. We have seven homes that will be completed in July to finish off a nine home community.”

The housing is provided at a discounted rate to help surivors who are also helped with education and children’s programs. Boyd said during the 2013-14 fiscal yeaar CAPSA received 3,757 crisis calls, provided transitional housing to 38 families, saw 157 rape clients and logged 7,082 casework hours.

Shelter was provided to 105 women, 132 children and eight men seeking a safe location.

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