Annual DASAS ‘Survivor Stomp’ taking place in-person for first time in two years

The annual Survivor Stomp, hosted by Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services (DASAS), is returning to Fred Russ Forest Park in Decatur for the first time in two years. In addition to the in-person event on April 23, DASAS supporters can also register for the virtual event.

For every three women you know, and every four men, at least one of them has experienced some form of abuse byan intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For sexual assault, the statisticsare 1 in 5 women and1 in 71 men.

In Southwest Michigan, DASAS takes direct aim at ending violence in their communities. “We want to stomp out violence against partners, spouses, children and everyone in our community,” Co-Executive Director DeborahHackworth said. “That’s why our annual Survivor Stomp exists. We’re amplifying the voices of survivors and raising awareness through a community event.”

Participants can register here for the in-person event or virtual walk/run. If going in-person, join DASAS on Saturday, April 23 at 9 a.m. at Fred Russ Forest State Park in Decatur for a 1.4 mile walk or 5k run. Registration is $35 and includes an event t-shirt, medal, race bib, and donation to DASAS.

“After two years of virtual events, we’re cautiously optimistic about coming together again, safely,” Hackworth said. “We also know that virtual events continue to offer our supporters around the world a chance to help us fund our mission.”