Safe Passage

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About 100 people are expected to participate in this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday in DeKalb. About a quarter of that number will be men walking that mile in high heels.

Registration is up from last year’s event. That’s according to Kendal Baker – she is a spokeswoman for Safe Passage, which is a domestic violence agency and rape crisis center in DeKalb County.

Baker says the main purpose of the nationwide event is to continue to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence, especially since this month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

A recent murder in Sycamore is bringing attention on domestic violence within the community.

37-year-old Lidia Juarez of DeKalb was found dead in her car outside the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she worked. Her estranged husband -- and a suspect in her death -- was killed in a shootout with police Friday afternoon.

DeKalb County records show Antonio Juarez violated an order of protection earlier this year.

More than two dozen local vendors will take part in an effort to raise money for DeKalb County's domestic violence shelter. The "Last Minute Gifts Market" will be held Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Federated Church of Sycamore, 612 W. State St., Sycamore.

Admission is a donation to Safe Passage. Items for purchase include books, jewelry, food gifts, cosmetics, candles, and handmade goods.

Mark Pietrowski is an organizer of the event and chairs the DeKalb County Board. He says, this time of year, it is important to consider non-profits in the area:

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Community agencies continue to struggle as government funding becomes less reliable.  That has caused non-profits to rely more on other sources of funding.  In DeKalb County, one group is trying to help a growing number of survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Safe Passage provides crisis intervention, medical advocacy and other services.  Their annual fundraiser, "An Evening of Chocolate," comes amid delayed state payments.