LINDSBORG — Following up on its focus on sexual assault awareness this past spring, Bethany College’s Alpha Theta Chi is hosting a series of events spotlighting domestic violence and mental health awareness this fall.

“We put those two together because they can go together,” said Katelynn Adam, president of Alpha Theta Chi. “Domestic violence can impact your mental health.”

The first event scheduled by the sorority is a one-mile walk taking placing from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Bethany College.

“This is a community event, too, so it’s open to the community,” Adam said.

The suggested donation for the event is $5, which the sorority will donate to Jana’s Campaign, a foundation that raises awareness about domestic violence.

Based out of Hays, Jana’s Campaign was formed after Jana Mackey lost her life to violence perpetrated by an ex-boyfriend on July 3, 2008. The 25-year-old University of Kansas law student was an advocate for women’s rights and had spent years volunteering to aid victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

“We have a couple of community members who were classmates of Jana’s,” Adam said.

Jana’s Campaign facilitates educational programs to high schools and colleges focusing on domestic violence prevention, and Adams said several Alpha Theta Chi members had been impacted by the group’s message in their teenage years.

“It’s such a big topic,” Adams said. “This being a campus event in a small community, we thought it was important for people to get the education side of it.”

The walk will begin with check in 

from 7 to 7:45 a.m., followed by an introduction of a board member from Jana’s Campaign. The organization will have a table set up with information about its mission to prevent gender and relationship violence.

On Oct. 2, Jana’s Campaign will return to Bethany College to be presented with the total amount raised by the walk, kicking off a month-long series of talks by those involved with domestic violence and mental health awareness.

Adams said several of the college’s athletic teams will show their support of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness month by wearing purple.

Participants will walk along the Valkommen Trail, and should park in the lot next to the gym, located at the northeast corner of Swensson Ave. and Kansas St. in Lindsborg. Donations can be made by cash or check. T-shirts will be given away at the event.

To register for the walk in advance, send an email with your name, email address and phone number to aoxbethany@gmail.com.

To learn more about the programs supported by Jana’s Campaign, visit https://www.janascampaign.org.

 

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