You don't have to hike to join us. On October 29th, join me in Druid Hill Park at Columbus Pavilion at noon! You can choose to walk with the group or do self care and art activities in the pavilion, or just listen to music! You can also simply donate to support my walk and help me reach the goal of $5,000. To sign up to walk, click "Fundraise for this campaign," and create your profile. To give, click "donate" and choose this campaign.
FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and the Monument Quilt presents Hike for Healing -- a walk or hike to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence on their lifelong healing journey. Sign up today to walk or hike 3 miles on October 29th, and help us raise $50,000 to build our movement of survivors.
Every 107 seconds, another person is victimized by sexual violence. Survivors span all age groups, genders and sexual orientations. People of color, LGBTQ folks, people with disabilities, and others who are otherwise marginalized experience the highest rates of sexual violence. The work we do is in the name of the 1700 survivors who stitched their story onto the Monument Quilt.
We can’t stop now.
We need your help to build our nationwide movement of survivors. On October 29th, we will host for Hike for Healing to build our movement. Thanks to your help, FORCE has grown into a powerful organization. In the spring, Monument Quilt will travel to the West Coast for a series of quilt displays to lift up the voices of survivors. Here in our hometown, we recently launched Gather Together, a new survivor led program that uses arts based activism to create social change. The Monument Quilt will blanket the National Mall with thousands of stories on spring 2018.
We know $50,000 sounds like a lot of money – and it is, but here is what your dollars mean in action:
- $50 adds a quilt square to the Monument Quilt. To date we have collected 1700 stories- 1700 survivors who refuse to stay silent any longer.
- $100 pays for a quilt workshop to talk about the impact of rape culture, and support arts based activism.
- $200 pays for the fabric, thread and other supplies used each month to add survivor’s stories to the Monument Quilt.
- $300 pays for a survivor skill-share in our Baltimore studio. This is the work of Gather Together, a survivor led group grounded in arts based activism.
- $500 pays for a banner in our Monument Quilt. These banners bear messages of support for survivors and lets our community, they are not alone.
- $1,000 funds community mini-grants for survivor leaders working in our hometown to launch their own creative campaigns. Join today, and help us take up space for survivors on October 29th.
Please note that FORCE’s fiscal sponsor is the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, recently renamed as Strong City Baltimore.
Accessibility note: We encourage everyone to choose a walk or hike of a distance and difficulty that fits you. If you need an alternative to walking and/or being outdoors, choose an activity that manifests self care and healing for survivors. Some suggestions include (are not limited to) relaxing outside, star-gazing, meditation, painting a picture, or doing stretching exercises.
The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. In a final display, the Quilt will blanket the National Mall to spell "NOT ALONE." More information at themonumentquilt.org. Learn more about FORCE at UpsettingRapeCulture.com.