Organizers pumped for 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' in Keene
KEENE - Men marching in high heels, a Best in Shoe contest, The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event planned for Saturday is full of silly fun, but it drives home an important message, said organizer Forrest Seymour.
For the seventh year in a row, Keene State College is partnering with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention to host "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." The event starts with check-in at 9 a.m. with kickoff at 10 a.m.
The walk begins and ends at Lloyd P. Young Student Center at Keene State College.
Most men do not commit acts of sexual violence against women, Seymour said Tuesday, but when sexual violence occurs or is about to occur very often there are "bystanders" who may hear or see something before, during or after an assault.
The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event aims to raise awareness about sexual violence against women by teaching both men and women how to be "empowered bystanders."
"The key in this prevention model is helping people recognize that something is happening and intervening in a safe way," Seymour said.
Walk a Mile is really designed to draw men in, though."
In terms of getting men to buy into the idea that number one sexual violence is really a problem and two they really have a role in ending it by calling other men on their behavior," Seymour said.
"We do invite men to wear women's shoes to the march and many do. And that's a symbolic gesture for the men to express empathy" for women who everyday face the threat of violence.
The event also raises money for the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention, a Keene-based crisis agency that provides a variety of anonymous and confidential support options for people in the Monadnock region who are experiencing sexual violence.
Last year's walk raised more than $20,000 and attracted 500 participants. Seymour said they are hoping for 500 participants again this year.
Anyone can walk - men, women and children. Men are encouraged, but not required to wear women's shoes. This event is free and participants are encouraged to register at www.KSCWalkaMile.com. You don't have to donate or raise money to participate, Seymour said. More information about the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention can be found online at www.mcvprevention.org.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international movement started in 2001 to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, according to its website.
To improve the chance of seeing your comment posted here or published in the New Hampshire Union Leader:
- Identify yourself. Accounts using fake or incomplete names are suspended regardless of the quality of posts.
- Say something new, stay on topic, keep it short.
- Links to outside URLs are discouraged, if used they should be on topic.
- Avoid comments in bad taste, write well, avoid using all capital letters
- Don't cite facts about individuals or businesses without providing a means to verify the claim
- If you see an objectionable comment please click the "Report Abuse" button and be sure to tell us why.
Note: Comments are the opinion of the respective poster and not of the publisher.Be the first to comment.