Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser around the corner

The Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center is hosting a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Tom Green County Courthouse, 112 W. Beauregard Ave.

Participants are invited to attend Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise awareness about sexual violence and show support for victims of sexual assault.

The event began nationally in 2001, when several men wore high heels around a park to support the cause. It has grown into a national event where tens of thousands of men across the nation wear women’s high heels to raise funds for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and  prevention programs.

According to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Organization, sexualized violence is an epidemic and every two minutes someone in America is raped. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault.

Organizers say this event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediation to sexualized violence.

The idea behind the event, according to an release from the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, goes back to an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

Each year men who participate are asked to walk one mile in the shoes. Organizers hope this is a fun way to get the community talking about gender relations and sexual violence.

To register go online or contact Karla Payne at 325-655-2000.