Mississippi University for Women’s Counseling Center will host “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise awareness about sexual assault and is held every April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network’s website, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, and one out of every six American women has been a victim of a rape or attempted rape.
The event asks for males in the community to come out and wear high-heeled shoes, and “walk in her shoes” so to speak. The goal is to raise awareness as well as create solidarity.
“We want to host this program in order to show our campus community that sexualized violence does not just affect women” said Sirena Cantrell, dean of students and Title IX coordinator at The W. “This walk will demonstrate that men are willing and able to help make our campus, community and world a safer place.”
The event was created in 2001, and there were only a small group of men who participated. Now it has become a worldwide movement that raises money for various shelters and crisis centers.
The W has participated at various times over the years. This year, they are also collecting toiletries for the Safe Haven shelter. The donation drive will take place during the walk.
“We are very excited to see our campus and community come together to show support for this movement,” said Cantrell.
For more information, contact Rob’Dreka Shaw in the Counseling Center, 662-329-7748.