SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Students from Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Watchung Hills Regional High School, Hillsborough High School and Somerville High School are teaming up to take a stand against domestic violence, dating violence and bullying.
According to a release, the students are involved in the upcoming Purple Laces walk April 26 at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The walk is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence and dating violence, while also benefiting the Resource Center of Somerset.
"Working with students from other towns creates a sense of community among all of the Somerset County high schools," Watchung Hills Regional High School student Holly O'Byrne said in the release. "Each school pools together their resources to help benefit the walk. Supporting and working with such enthusiastic partners and representatives has made this experience so gratifying."
Domestic abuse, the release said, can happen to anyone, and can be inflicted physically, verbally, emotionally, financially and sexually. They can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and more domestic violence.
The Resource Center of Somerset, the release said, provides refuge to struggling women and children.
Funds raised through the walk will support the center as it provides services to domestic violence victims including a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling, case management, child services, domestic violence response teams, community outreach and education.
Check-in and registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program and walk at 9 a.m. Registrants will receive free purple laces, refreshments and entertainment, and then get to walk or run through the park.
Participants can start a team, walk as an individual or make a pledge at https://fundraising.active.com/event/PurpleLaces5K.