There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun event which asks men to strut their sassy stuff while wearing a pair of RED HIGH HEELS in support of a very serious cause.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international event designed to get the community talking about something that is normally very difficult to talk about: sexual assault and gender violence. All proceeds generated from registration and sponsorship of the event will be donated to the Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault Center (SRSAC).
SRSAC is committed to:
- Providing direct response to victims of sexual assault.
- Providing community education concerning sexual assault and its prevention.
- Providing advocacy for sexual assault victims through direct services and liaison relationships including medical, legal, social services, and law enforcement.
- Providing follow-up support through referral to other community services.
Why is this cause important? According to the RAINN, 80% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30. Every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Each year there are approximately 293,000 victims of sexual assault and 68% of sexual assaults go unreported annually.
Just to put our college community into perspective for you, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that between 20-25% of women will experience a completed or attempted rape during their college years.
How do these statistics make you feel? Angry, shocked and maybe a little bit helpless? The thing is; hope, awareness and advocacy starts with YOU! It’s time to rise up and do what you can to end the stigma surrounding sexual violence and help promote a change in our community!
Join us at the Rotunda on Thursday March 31st at for the 2016 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event. Check-in starts at 3:30pm. Secure your spot by registering HERE.
Be sure to keep up with The University Wellness Program on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with programs, and laugh at pictures from this awesome event!