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GREAT BEND, Kansas — These men are doing more than strutting in women’s stilettos. They are stomping out domestic and sexual assault against women in Barton County, through the 4th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
The event raises funds for the local Family Crisis Center.
“I think it’s very important that guys see the impact that it has on women and what we can do to help in the situation,” said Brian Ewing, participant and emcee.
“Men walking around in heels is a display on men’s commitment to say that we know its a problem in our community, we’re aware of it. We know there needs to be education on it. We support the women in our community, and we’re saying this needs to end now,” added Christie Kelly, organizer.
While the men did experience a some of women’s pain, organizers provided some comfort with larger shoes sizes.
“It’s a little bit of pain, but walking in the heels is one thing and seeing the struggles for a lot women that’s why we’re out here, and I don’t think that we could describe the pain that a lot of them feel,” said Aaron Andrews, participant.
Nearly one out of three women is or will be a victim of abuse in her lifetime.
“It’s a staggering statistic, and it happens everyday and so it’s so important for a community to come together and say no more,” explained Laura Patzner, organizer.
The night began with a ceremony and there was plenty of fun during the walk, but it ended on a serious not.
“Standing up for the women that have been hurt or killed, I thought it was better standing up for them,” said a young participant.
One hundred percent of the funds raised during “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” , goes directly to the local Family Crisis Center in Great Bend. If you would like to donate to the cause, click here.