In response to the George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery stories:
Anti-oppression work is and will continue to be at the heart of our agency mission. We at VOICES stand with thos e who are in support of dismantling inequality and racism, as we acknowledge that all forms of oppression exist as part of the same system that continues to fuel sexual violence. Only by dismantling all forms of oppression; including racism, will we be able to end sexual violence.
As counselors, advocates, and prevention educators who work with trauma, we grieve the hurt, harm and danger that communities of color are faced with each day. We are committed to developing more proactive ways to support our community and stand against all forms of oppression, violence and injustice.
On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, while jogging on Holmes Road just before the intersection with Satilla Drive in the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13, 2020. Three LMPD officers executing a no-knock search warrant entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill.