EVENT DATE: Apr 26, 2014
What is Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?
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.
Here are the facts:
- An international men’s march to prevent and raise awareness of sexualized violence against women. Men literally walk a mile in women’s heels to support sexual assault victims and prevention efforts.
- The shoes are a symbolic message. By wearing the heels it is understood of the damage caused by sexualized violence and letting people know they won’t stand for it in the community.
- By participating in this march, men send the message that rape and domestic violence is unacceptable. Men also allow the victims to come forward without having fear. They will become an ally to women who are the victims of sexual assault.
- Why Men? Men are more likely to be in a position to be a bystander to this violence. They can decide to do nothing about the violence or to take a stand against it. We want to empower the men and the community by taking a stand against violence.
Information about the Event
- The event is on April 26, 2014. Check-in and on-site registration begins at 1pm at WVU Mountainlair Green and the walk start at 2pm.
- $10 Early Walker Registration before April 11, 2014 at 11:59pm (guaranteed t-shirt).
- $15 Walker Registration between April 12 and the start of the event (t-shirt not guaranteed).
- Prizes will be awarded to: the top individual fundraiser, most creative shoes and the largest team.
- The money that the participants raise will be donated to the The Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center (RDVIC).
- The participants ask for pledges so that they can donate their proceeds to the organization to help RDVIC in insuring that all women, men, and children are free from violence in our community.
- 1 in 6 women will face attempted or completed sexual assault
- 1 in 33 men will face an attempted or completed sexual assault
- 2/3 of perpetrators are a friend, acquaintance or a dating partner.
- 38% are a friend or acquaintance. 28% are a dating partner.
- 1 in 4 young women in college will be raped by the time she graduates, and almost half of those women will tell no one.
Who Is the RDVIC?
- RDVIC provides a community-based service that promotes the rights of all individuals to have control of their lives without violence.
- Temporary emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, support groups, community education and volunteers opportunities
- We provide services to men, women and children who are currently experiencing or who are survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, elder care abuse, care giver abuse, sexual harassment or stalking.
To find out more about the event, call RDVIC or visit its website at www.RDVIC.org