Why We’re Walking Wednedays, Volume 2
Hey-o! Wednesday again, which means it's time for another round of Why We're Walking, from BARCC's staff and interns.
- I walk for survivors of violence everywhere; past, present, and future.
- I’m walking to increase awareness and discourse about sexual violence and to give hope and support to all affected by it.
- I am walking because to me there is something incredibly empowering about coming together as a community to create change. If we are to continue to work to end sexual violence and support survivors and are in this for the long-haul, we need one another’s energy, creativity, courage and persistence. We need to be able to count on one another to keep showing up – and the Walk is a powerful reminder of how many of us are out there working for the same thing.
- I’m walking because people should be able to live life freely without worrying that they or someone they love could be sexually assaulted.
- I’m walking because I believe that we can prevent rape by educating our communities, colleges, young children, partners, parents and providers. Delivering messages that convey “nobody has the right to your body but you”, “rape is never, not even a little, okay” and “everyone deserves to be treated with respect” are powerful in dispelling myths about rape and bringing communities together to speak up against the violence that no one should endure. This is what BARCC’s Walk for Change does and it’s powerful to be a part of.
- I walk with my head held high because I am no longer ashamed. I walk for those who still live in fear. I walk in solidarity with other survivors.
- I can personally attest to the quality of BARCC's services and their necessity. The other day, a participant in one of our groups for survivors said, "I'm here because there is no one else in my life that I can talk to about this." By raising money for BARCC, I am helping us continue to provide these services for free to anyone who needs them.
- I am walking for survivors, for communities, and for a better future.
Why are YOU walking?
Meg has been BARCC's Coordinator of Community Education and Outreach since 2007. Prior to that, she was involved with various aspects of sexual violence prevention, education, and response at Northeastern University and Williams College. Her work focuses on mobilizing communities to prevent sexual violence. Heretofore, her web-based social commentary has largely been limited to incisive and hilarious Facebook status updates and BARCC's Twitter feed.