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Candlelight Vigil Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Awareness

Collin President Cary Israel, college trustee Cindy Bauge, college trustee Stacy Arias, First Lady of Texas and keynote speaker Anita Perry and college trustee Mac Hendricks endorse Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the annual candlelight vigil. (Photo: Nick Young/Collin)

April 7, 2006 - First Lady of Texas Anita Perry was the keynote speaker at the annual candlelight vigil held in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 6 at the Spring Creek Campus in Plano. The vigil was co-sponsored by The Turning Point (Rape Crisis Center of Collin County) and Collin County Community College District (Collin).

Mrs. Perry has a healthcare background as a sexual assault nurse working with survivors. Additionally, Vikas Adam, sexual assault awareness supporter, spoke about his own recovery process.

The Turning Point is a private, non-profit organization that addresses the needs of victims of sexual assault and their families. This includes ensuring sensitive treatment by the public of sexual assault victims through education and community outreach, and sponsorship of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program for Collin County. Free and confidential services are available 24-hours a day and are provided by staff and trained volunteers. For more information about The Turning Point call 972-985-0951.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.