One Billion Rising Fort Wayne: Will You Rise?
Jan31

One Billion Rising Fort Wayne: Will You Rise?

Fort Wayne is often described as a big city with a small town feel. It’s a community that stands behind those residents who are pushing to make a difference. Whether it is starting your own business, taking part in a cause you believe in or putting on a local event, it’s a city that encourages individuals to try new things and make their dreams a reality. This is exactly what Lori Rose, Executive Director of Fort Wayne Trails, kept in mind when she decided to bring One Billion Rising, a worldwide campaign, to our city. One Billion Rising is a global movement to end violence against girls and women. It speaks to the statistical number of girls and women who will be impacted by violence or abuse in their lifetimes – one in three, which translates to one billion. The 2014 One Billion Rising campaign is described as: “a global call to women, survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often, do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, marches, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right.”   At the end of 2012, Lori Rose began researching the spectrum of violence and abuse. She was astounded that as a college graduate, coming from a healthy home environment, she had received so little education on these issues and on what healthy relationships and interactions really entailed. “I knew it was bad if a monstrous man, swinging a baseball bat, were to jump out of the bushes,” she said “but I had to Google terms like ‘sexual assault’ to realize that it wasn’t my fault when someone violated me while I was sleeping, for instance.” After realizing that she had been a victim herself, and deciding to heal, Lori wondered what stories everyone else was hiding and not healing from. As she began to talk with others, she realized that violence and abuse had no borders, affecting men and women of all ages and backgrounds. She also realized that that violence and abuse can take many forms, including emotional and verbal, and can happen to anyone, by anyone and at any time. During this time of becoming more informed and wanting to educate others, Lori ran across the One Billion Rising campaign and...

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