Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women, and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexual violence.
There is an old saying that goes, “You can’t understand someone’s experiences until you walk a mile in her shoes.” While many people may have the perception that domestic violence and sexual assault are “women’s issues,” we believe that inviting men to become allies in ending the violence sends a powerful message. In asking men to publicly stand up and show their commitment to ending violence, their actions will encourage other men to start thinking about how they personally can do their part to end violence.
WHY MEN IN HIGH HEELS?
Domestic violence and sexual assault are extremely serious problems, but too often the general public finds itself unable to address such issues. Through humor, we are able to reach and educate those who, for whatever reason, initially find themselves unable to deal with these serious topics. By reaching out to them in a non-threatening way, we allow them to begin to face the realities of domestic violence and sexual assault.
WHY ARE WE HAVING THIS EVENT?
Whether we realize it or not, each of us knows someone whose life has been directly affected by domestic or sexual violence. Current estimates tell us there is an average of 207,754 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year. EVERY 2 MINUTES, SOMEONE IN THE U.S. IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
MEN WHO SUPPORT US
The purpose of this event is to celebrate the men who actively participate in ending violence on our campus. We are sponsoring this event to highlight and praise men who want to change the world, not to make fun of or emasculate the men who participate. Our campus and community can be a safer place thanks to the men who recognize that violence is a problem that needs everyone’s attention. You are making an effort to create change for everyone.
1) Click here to register online to WALK. You may register as an individual or a TEAM of your friends, co-workers, and important people1 Register online by April 8.
2) Walk on April 15, 2013 @ 5:15pm on the LBC Quad and enjoy free food and music afterwards! (Please check in at the registration table by 4:30pm).
If you would like more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-314-7400.
Sponsored by Tulane University's Center for Wellness & Health Promotion, Student Health Center, the Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Wellness and Health Promotion, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5255 email@example.com