Take a stand against sexual violence at Wednesday’s Healing Soles event

Photo of people marching on campus, with leader carrying a sign saying Healing Begins Here

A campus march is the signature activity of “Healing Soles: Step Up Against Sexual Violence.”

Healing Soles, an annual UH West Oʻahu event against sexual violence, will feature several events during which students, faculty and staff can demonstrate their stand against sex assault and other forms of sexual violence.  

“Healing Soles: Step Up Against Sexual Violence,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature several ways to get involved, including its signature campus march. These include:

  • Vendors Fair, 9 a.m. in the Nāulu Center’s Ho`okipa Room. Vendors will pass out information about prevention, awareness, and resources about sexual assault outside of Nāulu Center.
  • Talk by UH West Oʻahu Clinical Psychologist Dr. Steven Taketa, 10:30 a.m.
  • March/Step Up event 12:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and others are invited to participate in this event, which features participants wearing uncomfortable footwear to symbolize getting to know someone’s experience by walking in their shoes.

The march/step out is to help raise awareness and understand what survivors have to endure on an everyday battle living with trauma. You can do on of three things for the walk: 1) Borrow shoes, 2). Bring your own shoes, or 3). Bring your own shoes then donate them.

Participants can also create or design a physical sign and display your sign during the march/step out. Judges will be observing the physical signs during the walk, with the sign deemed the best winning a prize.  There will also be a prize given for best digital sign, as entered by designers by a Sept. 20 deadline. These works are being displayed on the campus’ digital signs from Sept. 2o to 26.

Healing Soles is also a Kaiāulu event that earns participation points in a competition that results in the awarding of a perpetual trophy given the division with the most points.  The division also is given $500 to spend on an activity or event that promotes team building and a sense of community within the division.

Points will be awarded for making a sign, attending Dr. Taketa’s presentation and taking a pre- and post-survey, participating in the march, and winning the sign contest.

Image courtesy of UHWO Staff