5th Annual Laura's March: A 5k Walk/Run to End Violence Against Women
Register online! Registration is free, but supporters are encouraged to set up fundraising pages at Firstgiving . This year, the primary beneficiaries of Laura's March will be Parallel Justice and Dirt Divas!
Parallel Justice helps victims of any crime occurring in Burlington, VT. Through money raised at Laura’s March, it will be able to supplement the medical and counseling assistance customarily available for survivors of domestic and sexual assault, with auxiliary funding for alternative healing opportunities, such as yoga, meditation, fitness classes, and other holistic programs. The ability to support survivors regardless of how long ago the sexual assault occurred acknowledges the long-lasting and continuing effects this kind of crime can have.
Dirt Divas, a mountain-biking program for middle school girls, will integrate a self-defense component that includes developing physical and emotional skills and learning tactics to deal with bullying, harassment, and sexual assault--all with the critical goal of prevention. The program will also work on building self-esteem and sense of self-worth so that girls learn early how to value themselves, set boundaries, and recognize that assault of any nature is not their fault.
Questions? Please email!
Tony Moulton of the Women’s Rape Crisis Center will give the keynote address at Laura's March on September 17. As the Director of Education and Outreach at the Women’s Rape Crisis Center, Tony Moulton oversees all education and outreach programs. One such program is “Intercept Social Change through Sports,” which works to dispel gender stereotypes and myths and to train athletes to intervene in abuse situations.
Musician: Antara Gatch, a Burlington musician and teacher, will perform again at the March.