City officials and community leaders to take a walk against rape and sexual violence.
In commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the YWCA South Hampton Roads will host its 3rd Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes men’s walk to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence against women.
Men who are confirmed to participate in the event as Grand Marshalls include: Tom Hasty, Senior Executive Vice President of TowneBank, Bill Reid, Chief Operating Officer of the United Way South Hampton Roads, Danny Rubin, Account Manager with Rubin Communications Group, Michael Goldsmith, Chief of Police for the City of Norfolk, John Broderick, President of Old Dominion University, Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Senior Pastor of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church and Norfolk City School Board Chairman, Chris Carol, VP of Marketing and Sales at Liberty Tax and Mark Johnson, Vice President of SunTrust Bank.
In South Hampton Roads, one out of every five women will become a victim of rape or sexual violence in their lifetime. “As the oldest and largest provider of sexual and domestic violence support services in the region, our organization plays a critical role in addressing violence against women,” stated Ruth T. Jones, Executive Director of the YWCA South Hampton Roads. In FY 2012-13, the YWCA South Hampton Roads served over 5,000 individuals through their community-based programs. The organization offers comprehensive mental health counseling and support services, legal advocacy, medical accompaniment, community outreach and education, and a 24-hour hotline providing resources and referrals for victims.
YWCA South Hampton Roads is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our programs and services have been a source of strength for women and families in crisis in South Hampton Roads since 1911. Our programs include: comprehensive Women’s Services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, sexual assault support and counseling services, Youth Services before and after school care programs, and Racial Justice advocacy and education programs.
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