Housing Hosts the ‘Walk A Mile’ Event

Annual Event Raises Awareness About Sexual Assualt

By Shareen Nicholson, Housing & Residence Life Graduate Assistant

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month the Office of Housing & Residence Life hosted its annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The walk was held April 13, on campus and featured men of NSU marching in high heels against violence, along with women who walked as a sign of solidarity. This year’s event featured about 50 men. High heels were provided to each participant.

The annual event is a march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. It seeks to offer an opportunity for men to raise awareness about the serious causes, effects, and remediation of men’s sexualized violence against women. Every two minutes someone in America is raped. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker or your daughter. As the old saying goes “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in her shoes.”

Housing and Residence Life raised $326.51 in support of this event. Donations were collected within the residence halls and during the event and WAM bracelets were sold for $1 throughout campus. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (H.E.R. Shelter), which advocates and offers resources to survivors and communities affected by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking.

Walk A Mile was created in 2001 by Frank Baird. What started out as a small group of men daring to teeter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.

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