April’s Moving to End Domestic Violence Event: SFWAR’s 8th Annual Walk Against Rape


For our April Moving to End Domestic Violence event, several W.O.M.A.N., Inc. volunteers and staff participated in San Francisco Women Against Rape’s 8th Annual Walk Against Rape. SFWAR mainly focuses on providing support to survivors of sexual assault as well as educating community members about the ways in which we, as a community, can end it. The walk takes place around the same time every year and is meant to raise awareness around the issues of sexual violence in our community. It was a beautiful, sunny day and hundreds of people showed up for the event. The 3.5 mile walk started at the Women’s Building and wove through to the Castro and back down to the Mission again, ending at a festival in Potrero Del Sol Park. At the park, there were performers, food and drink, and several community organizations offering information about the services they provide. Overall, the walk was a huge success and was, once again, a form of healing for survivors of rape and an example of how our community is striving for the eradication of sexual violence. Here’s what some of the participants had to say about their experience at the walk:

“…My reflection going home that day was hanging out with WI folk was awesome, raising money was good but it does feel really empowering (as corny as that sounds) to walk through the streets of San Francisco- and not just back alleys but major streets- hooting and hollering, with tons of other people about how unacceptable we find sexual assault. Moments like that make me realize that this is what community feels like–that and sore feet :)” –Elena Strasser, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Advocate

“I’d like to remark how fun and high-energy the Walk was. Something that, year after year, gets me is how folks you don’t know start talking to you during the Walk. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, learn what others are doing, and just be social and active — both physically and socially active with different communities. Also, you see folks from all backgrounds coming together — different ethnicities, all ages, etc. It’s a pretty awesome event!” –Paola Souto, Latina Program Manager

“It was a pleasure to be with the W.O.M.A.N., Inc. team this year for my very first Walk Against Rape. The marchers were full of wonderful energy and the crowd that collected along the route cheered us on in a very positive, uplifting way. I really enjoyed being part of an event that brought out so much public support of the fight against sexual violence. I can’t wait to do it again next year!” –Amelie Booska, DVIRC Program Assistant

“It felt empowering to be part of a larger community walking together to walk and speak out against an issue that so often remains in secrecy. Not only did it feel powerful to receive support from one another as participants in the walk, but additionally, receiving support from community members that heard our voices throughout the walk.” – Gina Li, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Volunteer

“I love participating in the Walk Against Rape because it provides an overwhelming feeling of solidarity with fellow walkers and community members we pass by. It’s awesome to look around and see so many people showing their support for an issue that is often kept quiet. Raising awareness in that way is a really powerful experience. I plan to participate in the walk as long as I can.” –Tania Parks, Program Assistant


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