The Ray of Hope Walk to End Violence Against Women [ ROHW ] is an inspiring event created by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. . This walk brings the community together to increase awareness while raising funds for local organizations. Since its inception, the ROHW has grown to four cities across the United States. Sigma Lambda XI Fraternity, Inc. will be participating for the second year in Atlanta. This event changed our thinking about the role of men. It sparked our creation of the Beacon of Hope Initiative. It is our desire to share a few reasons why men should attend this event.
Every man must march and participate in the ROHW because violence against women is gender-based. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence published the statistic that “in the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.” So, what better reason to stand up as men than to support and march to put an end to violence against women?
Our Power to End Violence
We must empower and educate our women and girls on the damaging effects, both physically and psychologically, of violence-based relationships. We must provide resources, support, and services to victims through our continued dedication to ending violence against women. We must be able to provide opportunities for victimized women to rebuild their lives and strategies to stop violence from reoccurring.
Stand Up and Speak Out
What is our solution? Simple…it’s all about integrity and doing what is right. It has been stated that “wisdom is knowing the right path to take…Integrity is taking it.” As a community-based organization, we know what path to take to inspire change needed to end this epidemic. Integrity must become paramount – we will undertake the revolutionary task of transforming societal attitudes which tolerate or condone violence and put an end to violence against women.
End the Cycle
The epidemic of violence against women cannot be overstressed. We cannot overemphasize the importance of bringing awareness to this growing concern. The Ray of Hope Walk is the perfect opportunity for men to voice our opinions and to show the women of the world our full support. End the cycle.
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