This month's One Bowl dinner at Gan Shan Station will support Our VOICE and the ManKind Project, and we're partnering with folks from both organizations to facilitate a conversation about how all genders can help prevent sexual violence.

The ManKind Project is an international network of nonprofits that support men of all ages with programming that aims to "create a conscious world by challenging and nurturing each man on his journey to authenticity."  Through trainings, peer-facilitated men's groups, and service, MKP Asheville works to foster emotional maturity, accountability, and compassion in men of all ages, orientations, and backgrounds.  

Our VOICE provides counseling, advocacy, and education for all individuals affected by sexual assault and abuse in Buncombe County in pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence.  Founded in 1974 as an all-volunteer grassroots organization, Our VOICE received 501(c)(3) status as a nonprofit in 1983 and has consistently grown into their current team of six employees and over 50 volunteers.  Our VOICE works to support the healing of survivors and offers programming to promote open communication and informed choice based on the belief "that all people deserve to experience healthy sexuality and personal safety regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual identity."

This topic can feel like a huge insurmountable issue, but sexual assault happens everywhere, every day; understanding its reality in our community is an essential first step in learning how to prevent its perpetuation, and we're grateful to the ManKind Project, Our VOICE, and Gan Shan Station for helping us make a space for this conversation.