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6th

Annual Walk

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024

Times:

  • 8:30am Registration
  • 9am - 10:30am Speakers
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Walk

Distance: 5k Location/Route:
All participants will register at The Old Ramada Inn, 121 Park Ave S. St. Cloud, 56301 Proceeds benefit Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center

Our first Walk was hosted on Saturday, April 27, 2019. We hold this event during the month of April to honor National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. In 2023 raised a total of $37,672 in sponsorships, registrations, and $10,935 in-kind donations and had over 100 walkers registered and 38 sponsors registered. All proceeds from the event benefit Central MN Sexual Assault Center’s (CMSAC) services to survivors of sex trafficking/exploitation and other forms of sexual violence, including child sexual abuse. Without community support we could not do the work we do for victims/survivors of sexual exploitation/trafficking without the help of generous individuals like you!

The Walk’s goal is to raise awareness and educate as many people as possible in our community about the damaging effects of sexual exploitation in hopes to change society’s attitudes. These efforts hope to end the demand for sexual exploitation as well as eradicate the acts of sexual violence within our communities and society.

Speakers

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Amy Peine is the “Safe Harbor for All” Grant Project Coordinator at Central MN Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC).  She’s been with CMSAC for more than five years providing direct services to survivors of all forms of sexual trauma. She presents training sessions to professionals and community members, facilitates prevention education with students, and has a particular interest in the issues around commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. She believes in creating a true safe harbor within the state of Minnesota for all individuals who have or are being sexually exploited regardless of age; clearing the barriers of criminal liabilities, providing supportive services for healing trauma, and building exit ramps out of the life.
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Cassie Bauman, MSW, LGSW is the Safe Harbor Services Coordinator at the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center (CMSAC). She started with CMSAC in the spring of 2021 and provides direct services to survivors of all forms of sexual trauma. Cassie presents training sessions to professionals and community members, facilitates prevention education with students, and has a particular interest in the issues surrounding commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. She believes in centering survivors’ voices, creating a true safe harbor within the state of Minnesota for all individuals who have been or are being sexually exploited regardless of age, walking with those on their healing journey, and dismantling the patriarchy piece by piece. In her spare time, Cassie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, writing, and listening to music.
Celeste Walz is an investigator with the Central MN Human Trafficking Task Force and Waite Park Police Department.  Celeste has been with Waite Park for a year and a half and prior to that was a patrol officer in St. Joseph for five and half years. She has been on the task force for just over a year working cases on solicitation of children, prostitution, and sex trafficking.