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Walk a Mile in HER Shoes Rhode Island!

On Saturday, September 18th 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 Beneficent Church at 300 …

On Saturday, September 18th 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 Beneficent Church at 300 Weybosset Street, including men from all walks of life who will walk one mile in women’s high heeled shoes through Providence. 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 and the Men's Initiative at the Women's Center of Rhode Island.

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. Slated to speak are SGT William Merandi of the Providence Police Department Special Victims Unit, James Lawrence from the Women’s Center of Rhode Island, and local survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

WHEN: The march is scheduled to begin at 10:00AM with registration beginning at 9:00AM at Beneficent Church in the Round Top Building at 300 Weybosset Street in Providence. Men, women and children are invited to participate and walk-on registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged to walk in women’s high heels (there will be women's heels in men's sizes 9-17 for rental at the event). Awards will be presented for the largest team marching, most creative outfit, most money raised and craziest high heels.

WHY: “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. Men are walking to show their support for the women in our community – to show our solidarity and commit ourselves to work together with women to end gender violence,” said James Lawrence of the Women’s Center of RI 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.walkamileri.com.

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