On April 29, 2014, we will be participating in the nation's boldest, highest-altitude, and most daring effort to put an end to sexual assault. It's called Operation Freefall: The Two-Mile High Stand Against Sexual Assault. We'll be joining thousands of people at skydive centers across the country who will take to the sky and jump, to raise awareness and money for sexual assault. We'll be making a tandem skydive with a United States Parachute Association licensed tandem master.
By participating in Operation Freefall, we will be raising funds for THREE organizations!
1. Speaking Out Against Rape (SOAR)
2. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
3. Michigan State University's Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team
On a national level, the funds will go towards maintaining and expanding the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline (operated by RAINN). Funds allow these organizations to provide prevention, recovery, and prosecution information to tens of millions of people, across the country and in your community, each year. It will also be used to expand SOAR's programs to educate lawmakers, police officers, students and the media about sexual assault.
On a local level, funds will go towards maintaining and expanding the MSU's Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention team advocacy services such as the 24-hour hotline, medical advocacy at Sparrow hospital, legal advocacy and community outreach activities.
We've agreed to raise $1,000 before April 1st, and We need your help. Would you consider making a tax-deductible pledge to help me meet my goal? We'll be skydiving from at least 10,500 feet. If you pledged 1/4-cent per foot, your donation would total $26.40.
The FBI categorizes rape as the second most violent crime a person can experience, second only to murder. To put it another way, it's the most violent and traumatic crime any victim lives to remember. Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. People are at a higher risk during their college years and because of that, we are raising awareness about this issue on our campus.
The effects of sexual violence affect all of us. That is why we’ve committed ourselves to this event. We hope you’ll share in this incredible adventure by supporting us in our fundraising efforts. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team
For more information about Operation Freefall, please see www.operationfreefall.com.