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Local Men Walk a Mile in Heels to Bring Awareness to Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence

walk a mile picStudents and community members recently walked a mile around the Somerset Community College campus to bring awareness to rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Two of them, both men, walked the mile in high heels.

Detective Tom Reed, who works for Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfields office, and SCC student David Meece, both donned high heels for the march. Tracy Smith, victims advocate for Hatfields office, was also a participant in the walk, as were nearly 30 others. Proceeds from the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, which was presented by the SCC Student Government Association, was given to the local Adanta Group and the Bethany House.

We work with the Bethany House and Adanta on a daily basis in Mr. Hatfields office, said Detective Reed. We know the importance of prosecuting these crimes and bringing awareness to the problem.

Reed chose gold heels that were two sizes too small for the event.

Meece, a student in the Computer and Information Technologies program at SCC, said he purchased his size 17 wide heels on eBay.

Men need to step up against this problem and show other men how to respect women, said Meece. No one deserves to be treated this way.

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Mens March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault amp; Gender Violence was coordinated by SCC SGA delegate Katie Linville

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.