Press Release

Release Date: March 28, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. – The Chickasaw Nation is hosting a Stomp Out Sexual Assault Awareness Walk 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Wintersmith Park.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and to help raise awareness locally, everyone is invited to join the walk which is open to the public at no charge.

East Central University, Mercy, the Family Crisis Center, the Pontotoc County District Attorney’s Office, BCR8TIVE Designs and the Ada Police Department join the Chickasaw Nation in sponsoring the event.

Several local organizations will have booths at the event. Games and rides will be available. The Chickasaw princesses will be in attendance, and live music will be performed during the walk.

Lunch and t-shirts will be given out while supplies last.

The Chickasaw Nation Martial Arts Program will offer tips and illustrate self-defense tactics.

Below are tips to help an individual stay safe and prepared.

  • Listen to your instincts. If something seems “wrong,” it likely is. Take action to stay safe.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Park your vehicle in well-lighted parking places at night.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Don’t leave with a stranger.
  • Never leave your beverage unattended.
  • Tell family and friends where you are going and how long you will be there.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
  • Stay in contact with family and friends.

The Chickasaw Nation Office of Violence Prevention offers many services to Native Americans to help assist those who may be victims of sexual assault. These services include crisis intervention, safety planning, transportation, criminal advocacy, emergency shelter and a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Exam).

For more information about sexual assault or the Stomp Out Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, contact the Chickasaw Nation Violence Prevention Services at (580) 272-5580.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016