Flint, Michigan- On April 15th, men from all walks of life will walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes through downtown Flint to protest rape, sexual assault & gender violence. Men from across Genesee County are scheduled to march, and will address participants at a pre-march rally. The event’s goal is to raise public Awareness of Sexual Assault and highlight the services offered by the YWCA of Greater Flint’s Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services program.
WHO: Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected and appointed officials, and many others are expected to participate.
WHEN: The march is scheduled to begin at 6:00pm with registration starting at 5:30pm at the YWCA of Greater Flint. Men, women, and children are invited to participate and walk-in registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes.
“One in three women has experienced gender violence in her lifetime. A woman is raped every 90 seconds in America,” said Frank Baird, Founder of the March. “That means someone you know, someone you care about has been the victim of sexual violence. This violence does not just affect women.” Inspired by the old saying, “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” men will literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. Through its Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program, the YWCA of Greater Flint offers comprehensive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence including crisis intervention and emergency response services. The YWCA also provides education and prevention programming to community organizations and educational institutions.
If you have any questions, or to pre-register or order t-shirts, please contact Charlie Ford, Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, at (810) 238-7621 ext. 308 or at email@example.com.
About the YWCA of Greater Flint For over 100 years, the YWCA of Greater Flint has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history. The YWCA of Greater Flint is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA is committed to creating a more just society by providing services targeted to those who have been historically left out of the loop of power and advantage – women, children, and people of color. Today, the YWCA is hard at work reaching out to families who are seeking solutions to abusive situations through the Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Services program and partnering with those individuals and organizations who are committed to dismantling systems of racism and sexism in Genesee County.
Norma Ramos, a public interest attorney, eco-feminist and co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, will deliver the keynote speech for Alma College’s annual Women’s Month observance.
Ramos speaks at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23rd in the Dunning Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.
The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, established in 1988, promotes women's rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation, says Jamie Smith, an assistant professor of history at Alma College who helped organize Ramos’ visit to campus.
Sexual violence is a huge concern in our communities and in the lives of women and children in the City of Detroit. Survivors of sexual assault often live in silence and in our city. Many of families do not know where to turn for help or even know that help is available. To bring awareness to this issue and the organizations that are dedicated to serving the community the Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner's (WC SAFE) Advocacy Program and YWCA/Interim House are planning a Take Back The Night Rally in the City of Detroit. WC SAFE is providing advocacy services to victims of The 400 Project. The 400 Project is a sample of the 12,000 evidence collection kits done on rape victims that were never processed and found in storage units in 2009. WC SAFE is providing advocacy services to these victims, but also to any sexual assault survivor in Wayne County. YWCA/ Interim House is the only domestic violence and sexual assault shelter in the city of Detroit and one of the largest in the State of Michigan.
Take Back The Night started in the United States in the 1970s and focused on the unsafe streets, cities and campuses. Today, events highlight the problem of violence against women as well as the broader issues of sexual violence. All events during the month of April strive to bring awareness to the problem of sexual violence and support those who have been victimized. Wayne County SAFE and YWCA/Interim House are working to gather the support of our criminal justice systems and other community agencies. Two speakers for the evening will be Lori Robinson, Editor of B.L.A.C. Detroit Magazine and author of “I Will Survive: The African American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse”, and Stacy Y. Barker, a sexual assault survivor and the first women in Michigan to have a mandatory sentence vacated by a federal court. There will be spoken words by Kalimah Johnson a performance poet and activist for women and the LGBT community. The rally will be held on April 6, 2011 at 6:00pm-8:00pm in Cadillac Square.
"The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse” will be presented by Barbara Niess May, MPH, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center; and David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Director, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Domestic violence offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse will be central to this discussion. The audience will be provided with a primmer regarding batterer tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the batterer accountable for his abusive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding domestic violence and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the batterer's abusive behaviors. This program is part of the FREE, annual Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals) is offered for each workshop. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please contact Matt Statman, MSW, CAC-R, Education Series Coordinator, at 734-485-8725 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or see http://www.dawnfarm.org/edseries.html.
PRESENTERS: Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW; MSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University.
DESCRIPTION: Current research highlights the relationship between chemical use, addition and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use, and how to aid individuals struggling with trauma and chemical dependency.
REGISTRATION and CE: Registration is not required. 1.5 hours of free C.E. approved by MCBAP (Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals) is offered. A certificate to document attendance is provided on request.
AUDIENCE: All programs are free and open to anyone interested – people with a personal or professional interest are welcome.
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