Community Briefing (4/24/14)

April 23, 2014 


Haven Women’s Center is having its first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event Saturday to raise awareness about sexual assault. Men will have the opportunity to walk the designated route in women’s heels; the idea is to create empathy and awareness of the paths women walk every day. “We will provide information about the services available to those who have been directly affected and start talking about how to prevent sexual assaults from occurring,” Belinda Rolicheck of Haven Women’s Center said in a news release. “We want to provide a venue for men to demonstrate their willingness to make our community a safer place and support all the women around them.” Walkers will travel a loop around downtown Modesto beginning at the Stanislaus County Courthouse lawn at 12th and I streets. Packet and shoe pickup, along with same-day registration, will begin at 8 a.m.; the walk will begin at 9. Afterward, Haven will hold a short awards presentation and program on the courthouse lawn. Skewers restaurant will host an after-walk party from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with 20 percent of all sales donated to Haven. For more information about the walk, registration, fundraising opportunities and Haven Women’s Center, or to purchase a limited-edition Walk a Mile calendar, go to


A Drop the Drugs prescription medication disposal event will be offered Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at two Modesto locations. Drop the Drugs gives the community a controlled, safe place to get rid of medicines that may have accumulated in their homes. This diverts potential abuse, overdose and environmental impacts. Unused prescription and over-the-counter medications should be brought in their original containers. Sharps also may be dropped off, as long as they’re in a rigid, puncture-resistant container. The Drop the Drugs event will be at the Stanislaus County Courthouse, 800 11th St., and Kaiser Modesto Medical Center’s parking lot B, 4601 Dale Road.

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