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Walk a Mile in HER Shoes

On Saturday, September 12th at 10:00AM, WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®, an international men’s march to end sexual assault, rape and gender violence will step off from the RI Statehouse lawn, including …

On Saturday, September 12th at 10:00AM, WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES®, an international men’s march to end sexual assault, rape and gender violence will step off from the RI Statehouse lawn, including men from all walks of life who will walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes through Providence. Well known community activist and women’s health advocate Dr. Pablo Rodriguez will lead the march, and address participants at a pre-march rally, along with local dignitaries and survivors of gender violence in Rhode Island. Proceeds from sponsored walkers in the event will support the RI Crisis Assistance Center, a local non-profit agency that works with survivors of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.

WHO: Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape and domestic violence prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their sides. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, elected and appointed officials, and others are expected to participate. Families are encouraged to attend.

WHEN: The march is schedule to begin at 10:00AM with registration beginning at 9:00AM on the lawn of the RI Statehouse. Men, women and children are invited to participate and walk-on registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes and participants are being asked to obtain $250.00 in sponsorship per walker. High heels in all sizes will be available for rent to those who don’t have their own.

“One in four women will experience gender violence in her lifetime. Do you know four women? Then someone you know, someone you care about – your sister, your co-worker, your daughter - will be a victim of violence, and men need to show their support and help end this epidemic” said Nancy Rafi, Executive Director of the RI Crisis Assistance Center. “This violence does not just affect women. Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped or abused. And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power, control and violence. We men are walking to show our support for the women in our community – to show our solidarity and commit ourselves to work together with women to end gender violence,” said Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, community activist and keynote speaker at the march.

Inspired by the old saying “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” men will literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to show their support to end violence against women. And while the event promises to be a lot of fun, it’s also an opportunity for men to show support for the women in their lives, and help make Rhode Island the safest place on earth for women & girls.

For more information about the walk or to download a registration form to participate, please log on to www.ricac.org/events.

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