Walk a Mile in Her Shoes


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Photo Credit: inkyhack @ flickr

As allegations are surfacing of sexual harassment by a gallery artist at the Santora Arts Building at the Grrl Fair last month, the issue of women and sexual violence is being brought to light in The OC. Details are unclear at this point due to the sensitive nature of the incidents and reports that one of the victims is a minor.

 

The month of April happens to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.

Tomorrow, Orange County residents will have the chance to speak out and raise awareness about sexual violence against women.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes International will have an event at Cal State Fullerton on April 26. The organization hosts events across the country where men literally put themselves in the shoes of women to spread a message of empathy for women who have experienced sexual violence. Planned marches take place where men wear heels to attract attention to a much taboo subject for both men and women.

According to its website, tens of thousands of men raise millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.

The event aims to not only educate but also show appreciation for the plight of women in society. The website states that the march playfully contextualizes the existential experience of walking in women’s high-heeled shoes. It also leverages the power of stereotype and the “taken for granted” into powerful experiences that can startle given the “simplicity” of these actions, according to the organization’s website.

Registration starts at 11:30am on Tuesday April 26th in the Quad area at Cal State Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd

See a list of other Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Events here

For services related to sexual assault in Orange County, visit the Sexual Assault Victim Services (Santa Ana) website


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