Men, women and children of all ages are invited to participate in SARC’s 7th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, taking place on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in downtown Bel Air, Maryland. Organizations around the world are hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® events throughout April to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. SARC’s goal is to raise $50,000; funds will be used to provide free life saving resources for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking within the community. To sign up or sponsor a walker, visit the event page at https://www.sarc-maryland.org/or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SARC’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event begins at 9:30 a.m. with onsite registration at 10 a.m. Kickoff announcements and fundraising awards will begin at 10:30 a.m. The actual walk begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Bel Air.
The event is a light-hearted way for men to take part in raising awareness about the very serious causes, effects and remedies for sexualized violence against women. Many of the men wear ladies’ high heels as a way of demonstrating the old saying, “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes.” Male walkers will be provided with shoes while supplies last. Each walker is encouraged to raise sponsorship funds. Individuals who raise more than $500 and teams that raise more than $1,000 will be presented with comfortable slippers, in lieu of high heels, to walk their mile.
In the words of County Executive Barry Glassman who is serving as the event’s Honorary Chair, “I believe that men make an important statement about ending violence against women by participating in the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® event. Having been involved since the event first came to Harford County, I am proud to be this year’s honorary chair because I believe that the community has a responsibility to raise awareness about this very serious issue. I encourage others to take a stand against violence and come walk with me on April 25th.”