ICOM students organize a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk

ICOM Student Doctor Bailey Lervick (center) alongside Speak Your Silence advocates, Bridget Wiefels (left) and Rose Johnson (right).

ICOM Student Doctor Bailey Lervick (center) alongside Speak Your Silence advocates, Bridget Wiefels (left) and Rose Johnson (right).

The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine's American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and Future Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FOOG) hosted a Sexual Assault Awareness Walk Saturday, April 20, on campus.

A portion of the proceeds benefitted Speak Your Silence, a Boise-based, non-profit organization that supports survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

“One in four women and one in six men either have gone — or will go through — sexual abuse or assault,” said Bridget Wiefels, Outreach Manager for Speak Your Silence. “So it’s important to raise awareness.”

The event featured speakers from Speak Your Silence; an interactive activity that shared the experiences of survivors of sexual assault; and the opportunity for participants to race in the opposite gender’s shoes. 

“Our hope was that, by taking participants through a survivor’s story from start to finish, they were able to see the strength and courage it takes for survivors to report their assault, and to see why so many survivors remain silent,” said Bailey Lervick, ICOM Student Doctor and President of AMWA. “We were excited to include Speak Your Silence and share their mission to spread awareness of the local resources available to survivors following assault.”