The annual Cycling Out Sexual Assault bike tour has been hosted for the last three years to raise awareness for sexual assault toward men.
First Class Sergeant Mike Cochran, a victim of sexual assault, decided to start the bicycle trip after he found his love for biking as a way to cope with life and connect with others who are struggling.
“A lot of people don’t like to talk about it and I realize as a man, if a man talks about it sometimes it engenders in other men to be willing to talk about sexual assault as well,” said Cochran.
“Just because something like that traumatic happens to you, it doesn’t have to own you. In fact, I own what happened to me and as a result it doesn’t manage or withdraw how I behave as an adult. That’s what I want people to know” stated Cochran.
The bike team will leave on Wednesday, May 9 from Pittsburgh, and arrive in D.C. on Sunday, May 13.
The national guards will bring all riders back home immediately following the completion of the trip.