Are you a man interested in helping to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence? If so, heres your chance! All you need is a pair of high heels.
On November 4, 2015, Somerset Community Colleges Student Government Association will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Mens March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault amp; Gender Violence. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the Harold Rogers Student Commons, located on the SCC Somerset North Campus at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset. Participants will walk a mile around campus sidewalks. The registration fee is $15 with a T-shirt and $5 without a shirt. Male participants should provide their own high heels and female participants should wear comfortable shoes.
The walk, which is intended for both male and females, is designed to be fun as well as bring visibility to a troubling topic, said SGA delegate Katie Linville, who planned the event.
This event is intended to be rather playful, but will also generate discussion concerning a terrible reality - that people are sexually abused and raped every day, and that it happens to many more people than we may realize, said Linville. Nobody deserves to go through this, but many do, and it changes their lives forever.
Many victims don't report the crimes perpetrated against them, often because they are blamed for the act themselves, or they think people won't believe them, said Linville. I want this to change. I want people to understand the gravity of the situation, and take a stand against sexual assault. I want people to vow to never commit such a crime, and also to help those who've been through an assault in whatever ways that they can.
All proceeds from the event will be given to the local Adanta Group and the Bethany House, Linville said.
The event is also being held in conjunction with a Kentucky Community and Technical College System initiative called Its On Us, which SCC students are participating. The Its On Us initiative is part of a national campaign to fight sexual assault and intimate partner violence. All SCC students and employees are required to take the free, online sexual assault awareness and prevention training program by November 20, 2015.