I came across an event called "Rock Against Rape" in a newsletter in the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault last semester while researching a program. These events are benefit concerts put on by colleges and agencies that aim to raise awareness about sexual assault. I really liked the idea, and thought it would be awesome to put one on here in DeKalb.
That dream is quickly becoming a reality; the WRC and The House Cafe, in conjunction with several local bands, are planning DeKalb’s first “Rock Against Rape.” We are holding the event in April, as it is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Admission is $5, and all proceeds are going to Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Safe Passage "provides a wide range of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence including crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence, short- and long-term housing for victims and their children, counseling, legal advocacy, children's services, community education." Safe Passage’s funding has been reduced due to state and federal funding cuts. However, the need for such services in our community has not lessened. An event like Rock Against Rape is crucial to help this agency continue serving our citizens.
Mark your calendars, and enjoy artists from the local music scene while contributing to a good cause!
Here are the bands that are donating their time and talent to this event: