Every year, San Luis Obispo County men, women, & children Walk a Mile to end sexual assault & gender-based violence. These family-friendly events create a safe environment for survivors & supporters to raise awareness for an uncomfortable topic that affects all of us in our community.
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
14,900 military service members (7,748 men & 7,152 women) were sexually assaulted in 2016.
1 in 5 girls & 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Children are most vulnerable to sexual abuse between the ages of 7 & 13.
There’s an old saying: "You can't understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." At the Walk a Mile events, we literally walk a mile in solidarity with those who’ve experienced gender-based violence.
Traditionally this event has showcased men marching in high heels to represent the role men play in ending a form of violence that is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women.
However, you’re encouraged to walk in any type of shoe you wish, because gender-based violence affects us all—women, men, & children; members of the LGBTQIA+ community; incarcerated individuals; people with disabilities; those of all socioeconomic levels, races, & religions—people in all walks of life.
In 81% of elder sexual abuse cases, the perpetrator is the person's caregiver. The older the victim is, the less likely the offender will be convicted.
Among people who are homeless, transgender persons report the highest rates of physical & sexual victimization, 38% reporting violence in the prior year.
Millions of American men have been victims of sexual assault. 1 in 33 men has experienced an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime.
Why is WAM in April?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence & to educate communities on how to prevent it by promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, & healthy relationships.
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Learn more about the national event at www.walkamileinhershoes.org.
RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English. All staff members are mandated reporters and have an obligation to report under the following circumstances: reports of abuse or neglect to minors, dependent adults, elders, as well as if a client is in danger of hurting themself or others.
Proceeds benefit RISE.
All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law under section 501(c)3 of the Revenue Code. Tax ID #95-3415650
No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.
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