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RISE - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Harris, N.Y. – The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event to raise funds for Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County will be held on April 26, 2014 at the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the walk kicks-off at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow and will include a short program, refreshments and raffles.

Sarah Dittmar“The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is a fun way to raise awareness in the community about sexual assault, which may be a difficult subject for some to openly discuss,” said Sarah Dittmar, RISE Program Manager. “Our goal is to prevent all forms of violence in our community and this starts by talking about it.  We hope to engage and educate the public to become active bystanders by taking a stand against bullying, physical violence, gender violence and sexual assault.”

All are welcome to walk and register on the morning of the event. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes. The registration fee is $20 and participants may also secure contributions through pledges. Walkers can raise money to support the cause by and pledging through a user-friendly, secure Web site. RISE advocates for anyone who is or has been a survivor of sexual abuse. Founded in 1987, RISE provides an array of services to survivors of sexual abuse and offers prevention education, advocacy and assistance to survivors, and accompanies them to the hospital, police or district attorney after an incident. RISE also offers confidential individual, family or couples counseling as well as support groups and professional training sessions. All RISE services are free.  The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline, which is 845-791-9595.

For more information on RISE or the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, contact Sarah Dittmar at 845-794-3300 ext. 2442 or visit the RISE page at To learn more about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® national organization, visit

A member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Catskill Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality health care to residents in the Sullivan County region. For more information, call 845-794-3300 or visit

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