Men "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" To Support Victims Of Sexual Abuse

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - The sound of high heels hitting the pavement around the University of Memphis Wednesday night was to raise awareness for domestic violence and sexual abuse.

 

The display was the 7th year for a men's march called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." 

 

Memphis Area Women's Council and community partners organize the event as a way to call on men to be engaged and be a part of solving these crimes that are greatly under reported. 

 

The march was planned months ago, but it came at time when recent reports of sexual assaults involving U of M students, on and off campus, have spurred demonstrations and a town hall meeting with university leaders last week.

 

One sexual assault report was made this past weekend. A woman told police she was sexually assaulted after a man got into her room on campus through an unlocked door.

 

Men met at the U of M campus where they squeezed into high heels and wedges and marched to show their support for women and condemn sexual and domestic violence.

 

"It sucks that it takes things like this to happen for us to talk about it but this is an opportunity for us to actually think about these things and get together and decide how we're going to end it," said U of M sophomore Chris Burns.

 

"This is a problem that occurs daily it's a problem that occurs weekly across this country and we want to be a part of the change. We want to support that change and implements and a successful way. And it takes men to be a part of that to recognize that cultural problem," said U of M President Dr. M. David Rudd.

 

Close to 200 people took part in the march including Memphis Police, elected officials and men who said they marched for their loved ones who were victims of abuse.


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