Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Men Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Stop Violence

Chris Berton from KXMX strikes a pose for a good cause.

And they're off...Sallisaw Police Officer Jeff Murray and 
Treye Girdner of Armstrong Bank lead the pack.
District Attorney Brian Kuester complained of leg cramps!

No flat feet here! From the left Sallisaw Police Officers, 
Jeff Murray, Billy Oliver and Tucker Martens
sporting their fancy footwear.

Almost 30 men slipped into and taped on high heels to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a program sponsored by Carl Albert State College staff and Sequoyah Counseling Services. The national program to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes takes place in October which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, was started in 2001. The event is designed to be a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. First you walk the walk, and then you talk the talk to end rape, sexual assault and gender violence, according to organizers. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event is helpful in 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.

The men who participated in Sequoyah County's Walk a Mile received T-shirts, and lunch for themselves and their families and friends who came to watch and provide support, literally in some cases. By Sally Maxwell, Senior News Editor

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