Sexual assault happens to women, men, and children.
In our seven county coastal region the Rape Crisis Center provided support to 133 victims of rape last year.
The number this year is 85 with most of the cases in Chatham County.
But imagine a community without sexual violence.
Here’s how one Savannah business is running to the rescue in a unique way.
Powerful thoughts, paint, soles from running shoes, and the stroke of a brush opening the conversation about a serious subject.
“We have to realize that we are the only ones who can make it better.
It all begins with what we do individually.”
City Market Artist Samantha Claar invited me into her gallery to join a unique campaign raising awareness about sexual violence.
“It means a lot to all of us. We are primarily women, I think there’s a few men in the building, but it hits us close to our hearts.”
The Art and Sole centerpiece is sponsored by Fleet Feet to pledge support for the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire.
“It’s a great way also to know where to turn if you have a friend or loved one who to contact if you are a victim or know someone that’s a victim, ” explains Victoria Ten Broeck.
These are some of the creative artistic expressions of our community’s desire for a culture free of sexual violence.
“So when you go into someone’s home or office and they have this beautifully decorated sole and people will ask why do you have a shoe up there that’s painted. Provide the opportunity to talk about the Rape Crisis Center and the great work that they’re doing here in the community and the 7 outline counties.”
Kesha Gibson-Carter hopes turning the soles into works of art will paint a strong message.
“If someone takes your personal space away from you and invade your personal space that’s something that individuals really struggle a lifetime to get back.”
Fleet Feet offered 25 blank soles to be painted on.
They are all beautiful.
The painted soles will be auctioned off at the Art & Sole Party Thursday night.
Stop by Fleet Feet at 3405 Waters Avenue for a night of awareness and fun.
The event is from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.