Authorities are calling on members of the public to participate in a walk Saturday on Johns Island to raise awareness about the toll of domestic violence.

The fifth Community Walk Against Domestic Violence will start at 8:30 a.m. on the running track at St. John's High School at 1518 Main Road.

The free event involves a 1-mile stroll around the track. It's sponsored by the outreach ministry at Wesley United Methodist Church on River Road.

"This walk is dedicated to all victims and survivors of domestic violence," Easter LaRoche, the victim's advocate coordinator for the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement Wednesday. "Walking a mile in someone else's shoes gives us a better insight of what others may be going through."

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