Our VOICE is ready to kick off April (National Sexual Assault Awareness Month) but we need your help. Now is a great time to learn more about Our VOICE, the vital services we provide in our community, and how you can join us in our mission to help victims become survivors and end sexual violence in our community and beyond. Below is a list of events happening this month – we hope to see YOU in April!
MONDAY APRIL 2nd – Bar Outreach; join Our VOICE volunteers who will be visiting restaurants and bars in Asheville and Buncombe County (over 100 of them!) with information about drugging and sexual assault. If you see something – SAY SOMETHING – silence perpetuates sexual violence. For more information contact Ohia – email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 4th – Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community Lunch & Learn at MAHEC (12:00 – 1:30 Blue Ridge B) Attendance is free but pre-registration is required. To register visit www.mahec.net or contact Shilpa – firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY APRIL 9th – Do you support the Buy Local movement? Why not “support local” too with the “Go Local Card” from 4/9 – 4/20 when 30% of the price will be donated to Our VOICE! You’ll be supporting Our VOICE, the Buy Local movement, and the Asheville City Schools Foundation all while getting a deal on tons of local businesses – everybody wins and the card is only $15!! www.ashevillegrown.com/go-local-card.
THURSDAY APRIL 12th – Get Pumped Up 6-9pm @ The Southern – This is the Walk a Mile Pre-Event where you can see the men in their heels, learn how to walk from a pro, purchase shoes for the Walk, all while enjoying music and great food! A special “photo booth” by ClicKs Photography can help you with your fundraising efforts! This event is $5 and is a fundraiser for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event. For more information contact Robin – email@example.com.
SATURDAY APRIL 14th – Together We Are Strongzine reading – 7pm @ Firestorm Cafe and Books (48 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville). Join us for this insightful journey as we become witness to the strength and healing that lives in survivors of sexual violence. This event is free. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY APRIL 16th – Physicians Outreach; join Our VOICE volunteers who will be visiting medical offices with information about sexual assault. Sexual violence effects 1 in every 4 people at some point in their life; often doctors and hospital workers are the first individuals that a victim contacts. For more information contact Ohia – email@example.com
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18th – Clothesline Project@ VA Hospital 12-1pm; this is a nationwide project and is taking place at the Charles George VA Medical Center on Tunnel Road to raise awareness of the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18th – Take Back the Night@ UNCA; this is a nationwide event and is taking place at the Highsmith Union, hosted by Speak Up of UNC Asheville. The walk begins at Allumni Hall at 7pm.
SUNDAY APRIL 22nd – Crime Victims Memorial@ City/County Plaza 3pm-4pm; this event is part of Crime Victims’ Rights Week to honor, support, and empower victims of crime and their families. For more information contact Melanie – firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY APRIL 22nd – Tattoo Fundraiser@ Freaks-n-Geeks Tattoo 745 Haywood Road; this event is from 12-6pm and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Our VOICE! Choose from four incredible tattoos and show the world that you support the end of sexual violence. Tattoos are only $40! If you like ink – this is YOUR event!
ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH??
Are you ready for the 3rd Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – the International Men’s March Against Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence?! We have a lofty goal this year of 500 walkers and $30,000 – will you help us reach this goal!?
Go get some shoes – only $15/pair at Hip Replacements – 72 North Lexington Avenue
Post pictures on facebook – trust us, friends from your past will LOVE seeing you in heels and will want to support you
WALK THE WALK – Saturday April 28th is the big day – check-in begins at 11 and the Walk starts promptly at 12. It will begin at City County Plaza and meander for one mile through downtown. Prizes for top fundraisers and those who cross the finish line first (did we forget to mention this is a race!?) Register today and we’ll see YOU in heels on the 28th!
Own Who You Are is the media campaign for the Teen Tech Safety project of Our VOICE. Through the Teen Tech Safety program, Our VOICE addresses the problem of teen sexting, which includes youth digitally distributing sexually explicit photos and language.
During this 4-week SoulCollage® group, we will work with the archetypes of protector, nurturer, and wise one. Each participant will create a personalized team of supports, and learn to engage the team in the journey of healing.
Climbing Toward Confidence is a program of Our VOICE that serves girls age 12-14. This innovative after-school program brings rock climbing opportunities to girls who otherwise would not have access to climbing, and through that experience, builds confidence and strengthens voice.