All of March, here at Wittenberg University, there have been programs sponsored by the Confidence Coalition to celebrate and empower women. On Wednesday, March 21st, possibly the most humorous event of this series took place: the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
This event was sponsored by the Interfraternity Council here at Wittenberg. The circuit for the walk was down West Ward Street, up East Campus Drive, down Bill Edwards Drive, and finally it culminated with the procession going up
Alumni Way. It was quite a spectacle, with about a hundred guys walking in all types of heels, from the comfortable short ones to the more daring tall ones. This drew many laughs and catcalls, but despite the fun that was had, the purpose of
this event is a very serious and crucial one: getting the word out about gender relations and sexual violence.
Frank Baird, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who resides in Westlake Village, California, created the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in 2001, in hopes of increasing the contributions that men could make to the movement to stop domestic and sexual violence against women. At first, it only drew handfuls of men at parks walking in precariously tall heels. But since 2001, it has spurred a worldwide effort with tens of thousands men now walking for the women they care about. It raises millions of dollars for domestic violence/rape crisis centers, as well as funds programs to educate about, prevent, and help women (and their families) recover from sexual violence.
90 percent of all rape victims are women, and this global undertaking of men is integral in helping to cease the violence that is being perpetrated against women. The campus thanks the Confidence Coalition for putting on such an event, to the Interfraternity Council for sponsoring this valuable affair, and to all of those men who walked.
(Steven LaCount / email@example.com)