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Candlelight Vigil is Highlight of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Candlelight Vigil is Highlight of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 10, 2008 - Collin County Community College District and The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center will host the 5th Annual Candlelight Vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Atrium, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano.

The theme of this year's event is "A Candle for Hope, a Call for Action." The Vigil is the keystone event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is free and open to all who wish to commemorate victims, past or present, of sexual violence.

This year's speaker is Vickie Lamb, a survivor of sexual violence who writes poetry and prose. One of Lamb's written works will appear later this year in a collection of survivor stories to be published by RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network).

Macie Jepson, news anchor for local ABC affiliate WFAA Channel 8, will emcee the event. Music will be provided by popular Dallas-area singer/songwriter Colin Boyd, with poetry selection will be read by Jenny Warren. A candle-lighting ceremony to honor victims and inspire action against sexual violence will conclude the event.

The Turning Point Rape Crisis Center provides free advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling to survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse as well as their families. Each year, tens of thousands of Collin County residents participate in sexual violence awareness and prevention presentations offered by The Turning Point through schools and community organizations.

For more information, contact The Turning Point at 972.985.0951 or Collin College Counseling Services at 972.881.5126.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.