Local Men, Led by Pasadena Faith Leaders, Stand on City Hall Steps in Support of Women Survivors of Sexual Violence

Father Mike Kinman, center, and Rabbi Noam Raucher, right, with Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather for three minutes of silence in recognition of the more than one in three women who experience sexual or physical violence in their life time.Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather on the steps of City Hall in a statement of solidarity with women who are survivors of sexual abuse and in witness to their commitment to change the culture of sexual abuse. Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather to read together, Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather on the steps of Pasadena City Hall to read together, Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather on the steps of Pasadena City Hall to read together, Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather for three minutes of silence in recognition of the more than one in three women who experience sexual or physical violence in their life time.  Father Mike Kinman, calls out the Pasadena interfaith leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gather to read together,

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:35 am | October 2, 2018


Dozens of men led a group of local interfaith leaders gathered on Pasadena City Hall steps on Monday evening to show solidarity with women who have been victims of sexual violence, holding a three-minute moment of silence to highlight statistics that show one in three women experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime.

The men made personal commitments to change what organizers called “the culture of sexual abuse.”

The action came at the start of a week which sees the nation’s attention riveted on the confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for consideration to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has brought to the forefront issues related sexual abuse in America.

All Saints Church Rev. Mike Kinman and interfaith leaders from Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice organized the bi-lingual action.

The men also chanted “We hear you. We believe you. We stand with you” and “Te oimos. Te creemos. Estamos contigos.“

“We listened to a diverse group of women tell us what would feel like meaningful solidarity to them and we have tried to design an action that is faithful to what we are hearing,” said Rev. Kinman before the event. “This is a moment both for men to step up, speak out and act … and also to shut up, listen and believe. This is our way of doing both.”

“The social and political climate in our country requires that men affirm their responsibilities and obligations to stand as upright moral figures in support of women and in an effort to protect space for people to be heard,” said Rabbi Noam Raucher of the Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center.

“We recognize that the prevailing patriarchy in America and around the globe exists only because of our own actions and inactions as men,” said Tarek Shawky, a Pasadena Muslim lay leader, and co-organizer of the event. “It’s time to take responsibility by supporting, listening, and believing the voices that have been marginalized for too long.”