Walk a Mile Event Wednesday at Marshall

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports
Founder of Walk a Mile with Red Pumps
Founder of Walk a Mile with Red Pumps

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Ten years ago a man conceived an idea showing support of males to females on the issues of rape, sexual assault , domestic violence and other victimization. Pulling a saying, ‘walk a mile in their shoes,’

Back in 2001, Frank Baird proposed to the Valley Trauma Center in California that he not only supported their fight against gender crimes, he became a rape crisis counselor. With a theatrical/movie background, he came up with an idea: Walking a Mile in Her Shoes.

Thus, men of all ages, took off their wingtips and high tops. They put on a pair of high heeled pumps and walked a mile with other men and women to demonstrate their support for the centers, its causes, and women.

Since that time, the organization has expanded internationally.

Contact’s Rape Crisis Center partnering with Cabell County victim service agencies will hold the second annual walk on Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Marshall University.

Since April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, other sponsors include Cabell County Victim Advisory Board, the Cabell County Sexual Assault Response Team, the Cabell County STOP Team, the Marshall University Women’s Center and the Marshall University Women Studies Student Association.

The walk will be at the MU multipurpose field.

After the walk is completed, the registration for the Human Ribbon Campaign will begin. All participants will receive a free teal ribbon T-shirt, and will stand in the shape of a ribbon at noon to share awareness and support for sexual assault victims everywhere.

Free food and drink will be available.

Here’s a little more about the “in her shoes” concept. And, the event is appropriate for its Marshall connection, since the university has had two reported alleged sexual assaults this year and neither victim chose to prosecute.

10th Anniversary - 2001 to 2011

Join the 10th Anniversary celebrations of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®. For 10 years we've been getting the men in your community to take a stand against sexualized violence. Tens of thousands of men have worn heels to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local rape crisis services and domestic violence shelters.

Put Yourself in Her Shoes™

Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to 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 communication about sexualized violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune too cure. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get people talking. People unfamiliar with sexualized violence don't even want to know it exists. It's ugly. People that have experienced sexualized violence themselves want to forget about it. How do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? And if it's already happened, how do you help them get help to recover?

http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/About/frankbaird.html

The Facebook page is at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walk-a-Mile-in-Her-Shoes/128826218866

For further details, visit, http://www.contacthuntington.com , or email advocate@contacthuntington.com or call 304 523 3447.

For a look at a North Carolina celebration, here's a peek from U-Tube.

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