The history as to why Appalachian began the Walk for Awareness will be shared this year by Barbara Daye, Dean of Students Emeritus who began the Walk 29 years ago. Our story began in 1989, when two young women from Appalachian State University were abducted and raped by the same man. One died. One survived. Although the events took place off campus, the Walk for Awareness began as a campus response to their experience. Since then, each September, students, faculty and staff walk silently as a community to commemorate lives lost to violence, to support victims and survivors of violence, and to commit to speaking out against violence in all forms.