While most men are not violent in their relationships, SOS believes a single aggressor is one too many. With this in mind, “SOS Strong” was established to build lasting relationships and improve community awareness.
“SOS Strong” is a team of 20 men from our community dedicated to helping SOS stop domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse by raising $1,000 each to support SOS programs. This all-male fundraiser was founded to highlight positive role models and to remind our community, men are far more than stereotypical abusers, controllers and runaway fathers. Because most learned behaviors are acquired during our most formative years, children need reassurance and guidance from caring, compassionate men. The community as a whole needs to see that abuse is not just a female’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem.
SOS Strong will run from July 11-August 8, 2019. Ambassadors have been selected from each of the six counties that we serve. Representing Chase County will be Jeff Harshman and Mike Spinden. Representing Coffey County will be Eric Smith and Dylan Evans. Representing Greenwood County will be Danny Johnson and Nick Cherry. Representing Lyon County will be Joe Russell, Brandon Kahn, Osiel Garza, Chris Walker, BJ Bayer, Brad Richardson, Steve Bazan, Tony Lantz, Daryn Bontrager and Mike Argabright. Representing Morris County will be Adam Dirks and Jeremy Thibodeaux. Representing Osage County will be Corey Linton and Chris Mullins.
Each “SOS Strong” member took a pledge to lead by example, to never blame victims, to be a positive up-stander rather than a willing bystander, to not engage in any acts of violence, to stand-up for someone in need, and to always use his voice to speak-up for what is right. When men are strong in character and lead by conviction, so are our families, schools and streets. We thank these men for their commitment to helping eradicate domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and encourage everyone to support their ongoing efforts.
For more information or to make a donation toward an “SOS Strong” ambassador’s goal, text SOSStrong to 52182 or visit SOSStrong.givesmart.com.