In case you haven’t seen the Twitter post by Kelly Oxford that has sparked over a million sexual assault stories from women all over, here it is.  During the first 14 hours after she posted, she received a minimum of 50 stories per minute.  At times she receivied 2 per second. A day later – over a million.


We at OBRFW have also seen other stories (not in Kelly’s count) in places like Facebook.  And we have seen a presidential candidate try to sweep sexual assault under the rug by dismissing it as just locker room talk.

  1. That is #NotOkay
  2. Anyone in the Fort Wayne area who is dealing with sexual assault and needs assistance – please visit our Resources page. There are lots of folks here who stand ready to help.
  3. If you want to comment, please do that on our Facebook page.

Art From the Heart – New for 2015

We added something new at the 2015 One Billion Rising Fort Wayne event.  At a table back from the main stage, you could draw what One Billion Rising means to you – some “Art From the Heart”.

What a success!  Look at the crowd of creators at the event!

Now look at some of the great art they created!  Totally impressive!

OBR Fort Wayne 2015 – What a Great Day!


It started with a snowy day, an empty hall at Parkview Field, and volunteers moving tables.  It didn’t stay that way very long.


The drums started.


DJ Trend cranked the sound up.


The dancing started.


And before you knew it, we had a crowd of RISERS and the third annual One Billion Rising Fort Wayne event was in motion.


Over 200 people joined together to RISE against violence and abuse.  Here’s a quick tour of the afternoon.

Between dances, we sat and listened to some powerful stories.


Emcee Terra Brantley of WANE-TV not only led us through the day, but she also keynoted the event with her own uplifting personal survivor story.


Daniel Walker of Priceless told us about the efforts to bring awareness and liberation to those who experience sexual exploitation and human trafficking.


Allen County Prosecuting Attorney, Karen Richards, brought us insight into the impact violence and abuse has in our community.


Dancers?  Did someone say dancers?  The One Billion Rising Dance Crew were there, of course.





Tiffany and Co. Studio of Dance performed.



At the Art From the Heart table, you could creatively draw what One Billion Rising means to you.



At the next table you could write a letter to a survivor (that will be given to a local survivor by one of our local service agencies) or fill out a poster telling why you are rising.


If you didn’t get an OBRFW t-shirt free when you entered (1 in 3 people did, to visually highlight the cause), you could buy one.  T-shirt sales proceeds, along with funds from sponsors and individual donations, go to support our local service providers.


Those local service providers were on hand to promote awareness and to talk more with anyone who needed to talk.





We ended the day by Breaking the Chain.


And then we left united, standing together against violence and abuse.


See you next year!

Video – OBRFW Flash Mob at the Courthouse

Can we just say that it was cold!  But it was awesome!

Every year now since we started, the One Billion Rising Fort Wayne Dance Crew has staged a flash mob downtown to draw attention to our cause and to our upcoming event.  This year we were at the corner of the courthouse lawn (Berry and Clinton).

As the cars and trucks streamed by, the dancers rocked out.  This year, in keeping with One Billion Rising’s “Drum! Dance! Rise!” theme, we brought drums!

Watch, enjoy.  And come to Parkview Field’s Lincoln Event Center at 1:00 on February 14 – where it will be warm for our main event.

p.s. this is amateur video – also look for the video taken by our media sponsor, WANE-TV.

OBRFW Event Day Preview


This year’s official One Billion Rising Fort Wayne event will occur from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday 2-14 at Parkview Field inside the Lincoln Financial Event Center (off of the concourse in right field).

Here’s a little bit about what to expect.

  1. Yes, of course, there will be dancing!  The OBRFW dance crew has some new moves to show off this year and K. Moniques will show us how it’s done.  As always, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to join in.
  2. Terra Brantley will pull double duty this year.  WANE-TV’s anchor will not only emcee One Billion Rising Fort Wayne, but as Keynote Speaker she will also share her uplifting story as a survivor.
  3. We’ll be giving free OBRFW t-shirts to every 1 in 3 attendees (to visually demonstrate the 1 in 3 women or girls affected by violence or abuse).  You will also be able to “purchase” a t-shirt in exchange for a donation.  All donations go to our social service agency charity partners who work on the cause locally.
  4. Dan Walker and friends from Priceless will be back from Kenya to  underscore the cause in a dramatic way that you won’t want to miss.
  5. DJ Trend will level up from his role as participant the past two years and make sure that our music and video also level up.
  6. Our social service partners – the local agencies who focus on violence and abuse every single day – will be on hand to share information.
  7. Anytime during the event you can “Write a Note to a Survivor” or create some “Art From the Heart” and draw what it feels like to be a part of One Billion Rising.  We’ll make sure they all get to local survivors – so you can have a direct impact on their lives!  If you like, you can get there a little early (or stay a little after) to write or draw.
  8. Finally, for those of you who’ve been breaking the chain with us since the very beginning, yes, we will absolutely be doing the iconic One Billion Rising Anthem, Break the Chain!

So, come early and stay late!  Get ready for One Billion Rising 2015!


OBRFW Movie Night – This Sunday

On Sunday, February 8 we are screening the movie Reviving Ophelia.

Where: IPFW Neff Hall, Room 101
When: Sunday, February 8, 5:00 p.m.

If you like, you can stay for the brief panel discussion immediately afterward with local social services people who work with these issues daily.

The film, based on the best selling book by Dr. Mary Pipher, dramatically tells a story of teen dating abuse and sexual pressure and incorporates the dynamics of family and peer pressure.

Attendance is free of charge. Donations will be graciously accepted and will be shared among the various Northeast Indiana agencies that work to address violence and abuse in our community.

One Billion Rising Fort Wayne thanks Rachel L. Rayburn, Ph.D. of IPFW and our generous sponsors, Barnes and Thornburg and Lupke Rice Insurance, for making this event possible!

RSVP at our Facebook event page – or just show up!

Shout Out to our Sponsors!

One Billion Rising Fort Wayne is a volunteer organization, but we have a few expenses to pull off the events that bring awareness to eliminating violence in our community.  And, at the end of the day, any funds we raise above those expenses go to local agencies that deal with violence daily.

We couldn’t do this without our generous sponsors and in-kind donors!

Event Center

For the third year running, we’d like to give a huge thanks to Parkview Field for the support they give by providing a venue for our signature event (this year on V-Day, February 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the event center off of the right field concourse).

Matt Thomas Photography

For the past two years, Matt Thomas Photography has helped us with some jaw-dropping videography.


Leigha Vandezande of VandiArt created a cool t-shirt design.  Although we are bummed that production details kept the Revolution shirt from being produced in quantity, we encourage you to order an awesome Revolution shirt or poster from VandiArt.


Barnes and Thornburg has stepped up in a big way with a $1,000 sponsorship to help with the expenses!  Very generous!

ADVANCE Machine Works

Not only are the folks at Advance Machine Works super, but they have donated $500 to help the cause for 2015.


Lupke Rice Insurance is a perennial OBRFW supporter – thanks for the $500 sponsorship this year!  We can’t thank you enough.


Here’s a new sponsor – new because they are just getting started themselves.  Tolon is opening a farm to fork restaurant in the Randall Building on Harrison across from the landing.  Thanks for the delicious $500 sponsorship!

Salsa Loca

Who’s the sponsor with the best moves?  Salsa Loca, of course!  Thanks for the $250 sponsorship!

Give all of our sponsors and donors a hand!  Go visit them at their facilities, websites and at our Sponsors and Partners page.

Tell Us Why You Are Rising!

Take a stand!  Be proud!  Rise against violence – and tell our community why you are RISING!

1.  Download the pdf of this sign.
2.  Write in why YOU are rising.
3.  Take a photo (OK, well, a selfie) with you holding the sign.
4.  Post it to our Facebook page or our 2015 Facebook event page or add it to a comment here on this post.

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And get ready for V-Day in Fort Wayne.  Join with hundreds at Parkview Field (inside the event center) on February 14 from 1:00 – 2:30 and RISE against violence.

Back at Parkview Field, But Inside This Year

Event Center

OBRFW will be at Parkview Field once again this year.

February 14
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Parkview Field  – Lincoln Financial Event Center

But, for those of you who remember shivering through previous events, the good news is that we will be inside this year.  A full set of short programs will take place from 1:00 to 2:30.  If you can’t  be there right at 1:00, don’t worry – come anyway when you can!

Learn more, sign up, and keep informed at the event page on Facebook.

2015 OBRFW is Almost Here!

Are you ready?


Save the date Friday February 13 – in the evening.  Yes, we know that is the day BEFORE V-Day.  But, we are planning to switch things up a little bit this year and save the 14th for your traditional Valentine’s Day activities.

Correction:  we are back at Parkview Field this year on V-Day, February 14 – only we’ll be inside (where it is warm) at the Lincoln Financial Event Center (where the Farmers Markets are held) from 1:00 to 2:30.

Check the event page on Facebook for more details as they emerge.