Men, women will stand together against violence
April 27, 2012 · Updated 10:45 AM
SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe hosts an event Monday to take a stand against sexual abuse and gender violence.
The event is “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish Village.
Men and women will walk in heels — provided at the event — to walk against sexual abuse and gender violence.
“The responsibility is ours to stand together and speak out. We will not tolerate this abuse any longer,” Cecelia Williams wrote.
“Come walk with our (Police) Chief Lasnier and many more brave men and women who are willing to stand with us to address gender relations and sexual abuse/assault.”
Lunch will be provided.
Every two minutes, someone is a victim of sexual assault in the United States, according to event information. American Indian communities suffer sexual abuse or assault 2.5 times more than any other race in the United States.
“This means that someone you know and care about has been or may become a victim of sexual abuse or assault,” Williams wrote. “This affects us all.”She added, “It is not easy walking in these shoes, but it will be fun.”
Check-in starts at 11 a.m. At 11:45 p.m., elder Marilyn Wandry will speak and give the the blessing for the provided lunch.
Opening words for the Walk will be at 12:45 p.m. The walk starts at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available at 1:45 p.m., followed by guest speakers at 2 p.m. and comments from participants at 2:45.
For more information, call Williams at (360) 204-0224.