Over ten years ago, activist Tarana Burke identified the phrase “Me too” as a powerful movement that could help women. She wanted to do something more to help women and girls of color who have experienced sexual violence. Today, the viral hashtag has called much attention to the epidemic of sexual assault and harrassment in our society affecting all communities. Tarana Burke says, “It’s beyond a hashtag. It’s the start of a larger conversation and a movement for radical community healing. Join us. #metoo”. (http://wapo.st/2gDYXEL)
Today in our country- nearly one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime (http://bit.ly/2u0J0l6). Today, 52% of women experience some form of sexual harassment at work (http://bit.ly/2x1AH65). These numbers are disportionally higher for the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and racial minorities.
Because of this, the Colorado community is coming together November 5th in solidarity to further support and process the eradiating of sexual assault and harassment in all its forms. This event will be a space dedicated to conversations on the impact and pervasiveness of sexual violence, and action to eliminate this issue. Additionally, our hopes are to raise funds for organizations that provide services and work to eliminating this societal disease from our society.
We will meet on the steps of the State Capitol Building at 3 pm on November 5th. If you are able to, bring signs, your bodies, and your voices
Speakers (will continue to be updated)
-We are excited to announce our main speaker: Brie Franklin, the Director for the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault (CCASA.org)
-We are also excited to announce that Teresa A. Hailey, author of “Stand Up: Sexual abuse in the workplace”, will be speaking at this event.
This event is meant to be inclusive to all people and communities including: people of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, non-binary and gender nonconforming individuals, and all religious-affiliated groups. We also welcome all advocacy organizations, all community leaders, and all community members to come and participate.
This event will be family friendly, and will include bipartisan political leadership to collaborate on how to end sexual violence.
As the team continues to sort through the details of this event, we will start to post specific information as it becomes available. Anyone who has something to contribute to this event please contact Laura Richards with what you would like to contribute as we get more details organized.
This event is also meant to show solidarity with the #metoo Toronto march on Novemebr 5. This is not intended to be dismissive of any other group, orgnization, community, or anyone else that works with helping survivors of sexual abuse.