Century Ride to End the Silence

August 22nd, 2011

8-22-11One hundred miles on a bicycle is something I have been looking forward to doing since I began The Kindness Bicycle/Bus Tour. I wanted to make this long of a ride meaningful and do it to create awareness of how infrequently Domestic Violence and Childhood Sexual abuse are discussed.
Prevention is born out of awareness. Talking with age appropriateness to children needs to be commonplace. School programs are instrumental in the success of helping children to understand what boundaries should never be crossed. Unfortunately, school programs are too few and far between.
I am currently creating another puppet show for younger kids that will teach these children about boundaries relating to these issues without even mentioning Domestic Violence and Childhood Sexual Abuse. I will use it every chance I have in the schools I visit.
Nathan and I both did this ride today, we rode an extra 2 miles just in case the calibration may have been off by a little.
During the Century Ride to End the Silence, The Kindness Bus was parked at Washburn University. Dr. Chris Hamilton, Professor of Peace Studies at the college, thought it would be a nice addition to his campus, on the first day of school for the new school year.

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