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Robbins walk a ‘great start’ in fight against violence

Participants take part Walk Against Violence Saturday Robbins.  |  Supplied photo

Participants take part in the Walk Against Violence on Saturday in Robbins. | Supplied photo

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Updated: August 29, 2014 1:04PM



Organizers behind an anti-violence walk in Robbins hope it becomes an annual event.

About 75 people attended the first village of Robbins Walk Against Violence on Saturday morning.

Half of the money raised from the event is going toward the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward said.

Ward said the effort grew out his administration’s desire to prevent violent crimes and support survivors of violence. It also comes in response to the discovery last year of dozens of untested rape kits inside the village’s police department.

“We are standing firm against all types of violence,” Ward said.

Organizers hoped that the event would bring advocates against violence together in Cook County. Anti-violence groups, including the YWCA, were invited to promote their organizations for free at the event.

In February 2013, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced 51 untested rape kits spanning almost 30 years were found in a locker in the Robbins Police Department. The kits are used as part of investigations into rape cases.

Ward, who took office in May 2013, said his administration wanted to be proactive in addressing violence.

Robbins presented a proclamation against violence in March of this year, which pledges the village’s political leaders and police department to meet the needs of violence survivors.

Village employees wore teal ribbons in June for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Ward called the event a “great start” to the village’s violence prevention planes.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago provides support services in the state for sexual violence. It operates hotlines in the city and suburbs, teaches prevention and advocates for survivors.



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