LOGAN – On Wednesday morning, men marched across Utah State University’s campus wearing red high heels as a part of the ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to end rape and sexual assault. The march takes place in April to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The one mile march in Logan is organized by the Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) office. SAAVI offers information, counseling, and advocacy to victims of sexual assault and rape.
“We encourage men from campus and from the community to come, put on a pair of heels, and march around campus. We have a lot of signs that they can carry with them and chants they can chant,” explained SAAVI Social Work Intern Ian Hancock.
The event typically brings in around 150 marchers. While the event is famously known as a men’s march, women are also encouraged to walk and are referred to as “Blister Sisters”.
Hancock recognized that women are not the only victims of sexual violence. According to the national average, one in six men will experience sexual violence. For women, that average is one in five. Every two minutes, someone in America is raped.
“We’re trying to address a serious issue in a more approachable way,” Hancock said of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. “We want people to be aware of it and we don’t want them to be afraid to talk about it.”
Two walks took place, one at 11:30 am and one at 12:30 pm. Marchers registered for free but were encouraged to find sponsors. The SAAVI office also sold t-shirts. All proceeds from the event go to the SAAVI office and their efforts.
For more information on the international movement visit <a href=”http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/” target=”_blank”>walkamileinhershoes.org</a>.