Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12 p.m.
A Community March Against Gender Violence
Join us in raising money for the Advocate Program at Crisis Services in this family friendly community event!
The walk begins in front of Crisis Services at 2969 Main Street, near South Campus. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraisers and other various categories/competitions!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Teal is the color of the SAAM campaign. All proceeds go to the Crisis Services Advocate Program, which provides confidential response & support services for survivors of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, family violence, and elder abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
All are welcome to this community event.
Register for the march as a Team or Individual, & start your fundraising today! Visit www.crisisservices.org .
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There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and sexual violence.
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence.
This year UB and Crisis Services are hosting the 10th Annual Walk a Mile march on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12 pm. Several area colleges and community organizations are expected to participate. We will be marching down Hertel from Crisis Services at Main to Starin Avenue and back again. Local businesses are showing their support by placing teal ribbons in front of their businesses as a show of support. The Closing Celebration will be at Crisis Services and will feature activities, prizes and more!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® provides several opportunities to get people talking. For preventive education, it helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. For healing, it informs the community that services are available for recovery. It demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.
Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is epidemic. Some of the statistics: Every two minute someone in America is raped. One in six American women (and one in four college women) is a victim of sexual assault. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker, or your daughter.