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Oh my 'Dogs' — Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013

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The Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information — SAAVI — organization at Utah State University holds the ninth-annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event Friday, April 12.

Males are encouraged to get involved and experience what it’s like to “walk a mile in her shoes.”

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes provides a way to discuss gender and sexual violence, according to event organizers. Many perceive rape, sexual assault and domestic violence as women’s issues. However, research indicates educational efforts aimed at men are powerful tools in violence prevention. Most men are non-violent, so when they take a public stance against violence they are making a difference in their peer community.

Walk-a-Mile raises money for the USU SAAVI Office to support its violence prevention and education efforts on campus.

There are two walks April 12 starting in the USU Taggart Student Center Bookstore hallway and ending at the USU Bookstore entrance. The first walk starts at 11:45 a.m. and the second at 12:45 p.m. Those walking in the event should show up 30 minutes before the walk time to register. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt and a pair of high-heeled shoes to walk in.

Male participants will walk one mile in high heels to show they are doing their part to end rape, and show that sexual abuse is unacceptable.

Participants should ask friends and family to sponsor their one-mile walk in high-heels, and collected donations before the event, the walk organizers said.

Prizes will be given to participants in categories that include most enthusiastic walker or most valuable walker. The organization with the most male participants will be awarded a trophy.

Women are invited to walk with male participants to show support. I

Those who choose not to walk can still attend and support the activity. There will be free pictures in a photo booth, live music and t-shirts for $1. 

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