LevelUP La Crosse is an organization with a mission to engage men of all ages in a “Partnership to END Domestic and Sexual Violence.” Acts of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence permeate our entire community and the composition of our diverse Board of Directors and 3 community committees reflect the entire Coulee Region. Our events in the first two years of our existence were seen by over 1000 adults and 3000 students to rave reviews, as evidenced by the testimonials below.
Having the opportunity to hear Brenda’s story is something that was extremely impactful for our program. Our student-athletes are using words like “powerful”. “emotional”, and “riveting” to describe the evening. Many coaches commented about how you could hear a pin drop- not something you would typically use to describe a room filled with 600 college student-athletes. We are extremely thankful for the chance to meet Brenda and we are committed to continuing the Set the Expectation conversation.
I had the most powerful discussion in 20 years of education after Brenda’s presentation. We need to have her back each year.
The Voices of Men assembly held here at Logan HS yesterday was one of the most powerful and emotional assemblies we have ever had. Brenda and Guante were excellent and the message they sent to our entire student population was one that all young people need to hear. I would highly recommend this assembly to any high school.
I had students approach me and suggest “Let’s start a club focusing on standing up for each other. To ensure males and females participate we could call it “Voices of Toppers” (school nickname is Hilltoppers).” Maybe that’s the most important takeaway from the assembly… students were motivated to create change.
This is one presentation I will remember from high school. We need to continue this conversation with all of our classmates.
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As an agency that strives to end #abuse in all its forms, New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers stands in solidarity with victims of violence at the hands of systems that are supposed to protect them. As we advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault we must acknowledge the injustices and unique experiences faced by Black, Indigenous and people of color (#BIPOC) in our communities.
In accordance with our mission statement, we seek to promote an egalitarian community without violence perpetuated by individuals or systems. We oppose the repeated acts of violence against BIPOC. Recognizing and acknowledging the oppression faced by people of color is crucial when working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. BIPOC members of our communities are forced to overcome unique #barriers when accessing services, finding safety and seeking justice. Domestic violence and sexual assault disproportionately affects people in marginalized communities because of historic and present day systemic racism.
BIPOC #survivors are often forced to choose between their own safety and that of their children and the potential for racist treatment, judgement, confirming stereotypes, and escalated violence by systems. New Horizons recognizes that not everyone has the same options when seeking help. We stand with our #community members seeking systematic change.