Walk Against Violence

Community invited to annual event Sunday at City Park

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A group of teens will work to teach adults a lesson on Sunday.

Members of Preventing Rel--ationship Violence through Educating and Nurturing Teens -- a teen-driven group that works to educate other teens about violence prevention -- is sponsoring a Walk Against Violence.

The community is invited to walk with the teens and show support for them and their message.

"Hopefully everybody comes," PReVENT member Brandie Telfer said. "We just want to raise awareness."

Telfer said attendance at the walk depends on the year and the weather.

The walk begins at 2 p.m. at Craig City Park. Participants will walk to the Moffat County Courthouse, where PReVENT members will speak.

"Because the walk is associated with youth, it makes sense to have youth speakers," Advocates-Crisis Support Services Director Pat Tessmer said.

Making people aware of violence and its effect is the focus of Advocates' teen group PReVENT, which is made up of teen workers and advisers. It operates under the supervision of the Advocates-Crisis Support Services in Craig.

"I just want to see violence be prevented in any way we can help," Moffat County High School senior Conner Walton said. "Or, if not prevented, at least reported. I want people to leave knowing it's not just them and they don't have to be afraid to report it or just talk about it."

PReVENT started in 1994 as a way for young people to satisfy community service requirements from court decisions.

It grew into an extracurricular volunteer activity when participants took it upon themselves to educate peers about the effects of violence and how to prevent it.

Members make presentations to high school students about sexual harassment, date rape and violence among teens. They also visit middle school students with tips about preventing violence. All work done by the group is voluntary.

Students in the PReVENT group choose the presentation topics, spend hours training, create the presentations and take time from school to make those presentations.

"We thought we should do a little more and thought it would be nice to get the public more involved," former PReVENT member Taunna Hummel said.

Hummel is responsible for starting the violence awareness walk five years ago.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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