Some local men slipped into high heels Friday to help raise awareness for an important cause. It was part of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to help raise awareness for to sexual assault and domestic violence.
There’s an old saying, you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
Friday men and women came together to do just that by putting on a pair of red high heels.
“This is not what I would have chosen for footwear but it’s for a good case,” said one Indiana State University student.
The 5th Annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes even was hosted by Indiana State University’s Inside Out group.
“Our attention is to raise awareness about sexual assault month and kind of turn heads in our heels walking around,” ISU’s Inside Out group member Ryan Knezevich said.
According to the CDC 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.
With the #MeToo movement changing the way people talk about the subject, it hit home for some watching the walk.
“I’m so proud of them,” ISU student Kelsey Harvey said. “For them to take down their pride to walk for a good cause. I’m so happy they came out an volunteered their time to do this.”
Participants walked a mile around downtown Terre Haute, many doing their best to stay upright.
With blistered and swollen feet, many ended the walk with applause and cheers for the walk that gave them a new perspective on sexual assault.
“I think it’s great that a lot of women have come forward and asked for the respect that they deserve,” Knezevich said. “Now it’s our chance as men to kind of step forward and join them and give them the voice they need and support them.”
Nearly two dozen people participated in the event.
If you are a victim of sexual or domestic violence you can call CODA’S 24 HOUR Crisis Hotline at 1-800-566-2632 or you can contact the Rape and Incest National Network, or RAINN at 1-800-656-4673
Local leaders wore red high heels for a photo shoot for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. To see the photos taken by Indiana State University Police Sergant Jacquelyn Smith click here.