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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

matt hansen walking in women's shoes


Apr 30

Two marches: 11 a.m. or 1 p.m.

The lawn outside of Hayes Hall in the center of campus

Men raising awareness about the causes and effects of sexualized violence against women

Cost: Free and open to the public


Amy Scott
Steve Tendall

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For Men:
The marches will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Arrive a few minutes early to get your shoes and register. Shoes in a variety of sizes and styles will be available, or your own shoes may be decorated with flowers. Walk for the women in your life and "walk a mile in her shoes" to show your support for all women.

Interested in a team experience? Ask your peers to walk with you. We have a relay section that provides the advantages of the experience coupled with the camaraderie of a relay team. Simply tell the registration table your team name!

For Women:
Volunteer to help with the registration booth, shoes-sorting, or as a course guide. If your time is limited, think about stepping out on campus the day of the march to cheer on our men as they walk a mile!

Taken From the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Website:
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 to 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?

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