In Their Own Words: Why We Walk

At our 2017 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, members of our Fearless Advocacy for Men’s Engagement (FAME) group led activities on stage at St. Clair Park that were designed to truly get participants thinking about how they can play an active role in ending gender-based violence.

One of these activities involved a simple exercise: writing down why they were walking. We received some pretty powerful notes in response to this simple prompt, including the ones featured below:

For my mom; who deserves the world <3

To teach my sons respect and the proper way to treat women

The solution starts with me and awareness

I walk for: My Mother, My Sisters, My Wife, My Daughters

I am walking for all the women in my life to show I value them

In memory of Krista Omatick

I’m walking to be an example for standing up for women’s rights

It is important to promote gender equality, as well as bring awareness to the rising problem of sexual violence

I walk in order to bring to light the horrible acts of domestic violence

I walk for my mom, my two sisters, and my aunt

So my sisters and brothers are safe and sound and don’t have to suffer sexual assault

To stop rape, sexual assault, abuse because I care.

To positively influence and educate my son

To support the women in our campus and community, and to speak out against domestic and sexual abuse.

We walk to end violence against everyone!

Walking to end sexual assault for all women as well as support the movement

I walk for all those affected by abuse and violence

I’m walking for all those that can’t

To end domestic violence and make my community a safer place.

I’m walking because I am a victim of domestic abuse.

For my clients & all those who need the strength & empathy to recover

I am a survivor.

I walk for every woman who is a victim of sexual violence

I’m walking to support everyone that’s scared to come out

For my mother, who deserves a great world and a safe life

I’m walking to make my voice heard!

To support the women who are abused. To let them know they are not alone.

I’m walking to be an example for standing up for women’s rights

Walking to end sexual assault for all women as well as support the movement

If you would like to get involved in our FAME group or join Blackburn Center in our mission to end gender-based violence in Westmoreland County, click here to learn how you can be part of the solution!

Learn More:

Fearless Advocacy for Men’s Engagement

Prior Events

Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

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