Malone University and the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI) are uniting to present Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence, Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on the Malone University campus located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W in Canton. The walk demonstrates that men are willing to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place. Participants are required to walk one mile in women’s shoes – which, as women already know – can be a challenge! Local student high school athletes have committed to walking a mile in women’s shoes as a symbol of support for the cause. Community members are welcome to participate, or cheer the guys on as they hobble toward the finish line! Registration is $20 per person, and participants should bring their own shoes. For more information contact Stacey Giammarco, development and marketing director for Domestic Violence Project 330.445.2004, or Jessica Kincaid, marketing and development coordinator 330.445.2005.
From the event website, http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/
Put Yourself in Her Shoes™
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence.
First You Walk the Walk
There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.
Then You Talk the Talk
It's critical to open up communication about sexual violence. While hidden away, it's immune to a cure. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with it often don't even want to know it exists. It's ugly. People that have experienced it themselves want to forget about it. How do you get them talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And after it has happened , how do you get them to talk about it so they can recover?
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® provides several opportunities to get people talking. For preventive education, it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place
Not Just a Women's Issue
Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is epidemic. Some of the statistics: Every two minute someone in America is raped. One in six American women is a victim of sexual assault. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker, or your daughter.