Rebecca Mercado Thornton,
is a senior from Romulus, Michigan graduating in May. As a freshman, Rebecca attended the mandatory “No Zebras, No Excuses” performance. It was at this presentation that Rebecca finally found an organized group of people working towards the same things that she was passionate about: aiding survivors of sexual violence. She has been involved with Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates for three years and has been a part of the “No Zebras, No Excuses” cast for two.
Rebecca invited herself on the walk immediately after she first learned of it, fortunately she was warmly welcomed. The one thing that Rebecca hopes she and the other two walkers successfully accomplish is awareness. She hopes that they inspire people to acknowledge sexual violence as a pervasive social dilemma that demands attention and progression because no person is exempt from sexual violence. Rebecca would also like to acknowledge and thank all the wonderful people and businesses that have already donated their time, material, and money to help aid them in their upcoming journey. It would not have become a reality without them, thank you.
is a senior at Central Michigan University. Studying english literature and painting, Kathryn has always had an appreciation for the power of storytelling, both oral and visual. Through the walk, Kate hopes to empower individuals experiencing sexual violence and let them know that their suffering does not go unseen and they are not alone. She hopes that the visual impact of the walk will help contribute to communities where this kind of violence is not implicitly accepted due to apathy and a lack of awareness and understanding. And above all, she hopes to meet all of you.
an Illinois native, is currently a Graduate Student at Central Michigan University. He actively began advocating for survivors of sexual violence in the Fall of 2003 during his sophomore year of college. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Josh volunteered for a year in Camden, NJ working at homeless shelters and after-school programs. Upon completing his Master’s, Josh hopes to return to a full-time position with a non-profit organization.