April 30, 2005

Marchers seek to promote awareness and courage

Jackson Citizen-Patriot

Saturday, April 30, 2005
By Jon Malavolti
Staff Writer
After surviving several violent relationships, Melissa is recovering and putting her life back together.

The Jackson woman, who asked that her last name not be printed, joined more than 50 other community members Friday evening for the eighth annual Take Back the Night march and rally. ...

The event, sponsored by the AWARE shelter, featured speaker and author Jim Parker, who was sexually abused as a child by a priest in Lansing.

"Most people are kind of unaware of the lifetime effects of sexual abuse," Parker said.

He didn't fully come to terms with his abuse until he was an adult and his mother died. Then he decided to tell his story in a book, "Raped in the House of God, The Murder of My Soul and Its Lifetime Effects."

Posted by kshaw at April 30, 2005 09:06 AM