Matador Athletics "Walks A Mile" to raise awareness

Matador Athletics "Walks A Mile" to raise awareness

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - On Saturday, April 28th, Cal State Northridge Athletics is teaming up with the Valley Trauma Center and a host of sponsors in a men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

It is difficult to truly understand someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes, and that is exactly what several members of the Cal State Northridge men's athletics teams are attempting to do as they march a mile in order to raise awareness and financial support to help stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

Bobby Braswell, Matador men's head basketball coach, his staff, and many of his players will be participating in the event.

"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an important event that I am proud to participate in," said Coach Braswell. "Men's basketball, as well as many other Northridge athletic teams, fully support this movement and look forward to walking a mile to raise awareness for such a pivotal issue that affects men and women."

Matty the Matador, accompanied by the Cal State Northridge Cheerleaders, will also be in attendance.

The coaches and student-athletes at Cal State Northridge are supportive of this event because rape, sexual assault, and gender violence are issues that not only affect women, but also men who have mothers, sisters, daughters, and girlfriends. In recent weeks, many Cal State Northridge athletes have been involved in gathering participants as well as sponsors.

Frank Baird, who came up with the idea to have a men's march, is part of the team at the Valley Trauma Center. Baird is passionate about this issue, "Men are distressed when women they care about are raped," said Baird. "Men are hurt and angered when they try to develop relationships with women in an atmosphere of fear, mistrust, and blame. The same violence that targets women also targets men. Rape is not about sex, it is about power, control, and violence."

The Valley Trauma Center is a non-profit organization that uses healing, empowerment, and increased public awareness as prevention strategies to eradicate sexual and interpersonal violence. The Valley Trauma Center is also the only trauma center in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys that provides a 24 hour sexual assault emergency response team as well as counseling and prevention education.

All interested participants will meet at a designated point in the Sherman Oaks Galleria on Ventura and Sepulveda Blvd at 10 a.m.. The event will last until 1 p.m.. Donations will be graciously accepted.

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