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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Set for April 15 at Kent State

Posted Mar. 17, 2014

High-heeled shoe donations, sizes 11 and above, are requested for the event

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Kent State University students participate in last year's
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. 

There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." On April 15, the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and the Women’s Center, in collaboration with other campus departments and student organizations at Kent State University, will host the fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a playful opportunity for men to get involved in raising awareness in the community about the serious causes, effects and remediation to sexualized violence by wearing high-heeled shoes on a march across campus. Women can wear tennis shoes. The event is open to all members of the Kent State community.

Early registration goes from now through April 1. Anyone who registers by April 1 will be guaranteed a free T-shirt and bag. You can register online through April 13 at http://ksuwam2014.eventbrite.com.

More than 300 participants are expected at the event on April 15. With an event of this size, support from the Kent State community is needed, as shoe donations are integral to the success of the march. Campus communities and organizations are encouraged to support the event by donating new or used high-heeled women’s dress shoes, sizes 11 and above.

Do a little spring cleaning this month and bring one or two pairs to the Carriage House (the Kent State Women’s Center) starting now, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There also are drop-off locations in The Nest at the Kent Student, DeWeese Health Center (1st floor patient lobby), the Academic Support Offices at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center, and at the KIC Office at Tri-Towers.

If you have any questions about shoe donations or the event, contact Jennie O’Connell, coordinator for Sexual Assault Response with the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services, at 330-672-8016. 

For more information about the event at Kent State and to register, visit www.kent.edu/womenscenter.

For more information about Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault or Gender Violence, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

Thank you in advance for your consideration to donate just one or two pairs of shoes to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

Statistics from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reveal that every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted, and one in six U.S. women is a victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime. Please join in this campaign against sexual violence.