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There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." And that is exactly what the YWCA of San Diego County’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event asks the San Diego community to do. This fundraising event asks men (and women and children) to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes as a powerful symbol of their commitment to putting an end to domestic violence. It's not easy, but it's fun and it raises critical funding for the YWCA’s Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program.

The Basics of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Registration: 5p.m. Walk: 6p.m. Post Event Party: 7p.m.

The walk begins and finishes at ML King Promenade Park, 4th Avenue & K Street, Downtown San Diego, CA 92101.

The first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence, was created by Frank Baird in 2001. The concept for this event at its inception was that men can work together to become a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence against women, while raising money for local rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters. In 2008, the YWCA of San Diego County applied to the international program to get permission to bring the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to San Diego. In October 2008, the YWCA held the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, and due to its success and impact on the community, it has now become an annual YWCA fundraising event for the Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program.

The goal of the walk is to recruit hundreds, and ultimately thousands of men, women, and children to put on a pair of women’s high heeled shoes and walk for a mile in a light-hearted attempt to build awareness of the serious problem of domestic violence and its negative impact on the San Diego community. By bringing together community members, including families, students, local politicians, policemen, firemen, media, and business people, participants are encouraged to lead the way in stopping domestic violence and to consider the ways in which they can make a positive difference. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and although appreciated, it is not mandatory for participants to wear high heels. High-heeled shoes will be available for every registered male participant and come in a variety of colors and styles.

This event raises much-needed funding for the YWCA's Becky's House® Domestic Violence Program. It is going to take each and every member of our community to change the way we view domestic violence and stop it. All of the services provided by Becky's House® support the individual's journey from victim to survivor to achiever. The program includes a 30-60 day domestic violence emergency shelter, a 24-hour emergency hotline, and four transitional housing programs for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Becky's House® serves more than 500 women and children, and receives nearly 2,500 hotline calls each year!


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