Men "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" For Domestic Violence Awareness

5 years 6 months 3 days ago July 21, 2011 Jul 21, 2011 Thursday, July 21 2011 Thursday, July 21, 2011 8:19:00 PM CDT in News
By: Natalie Cheng

JEFFERSON CITY - Men walked in heels, women took pictures and all participants listened to blues and ate barbecue Thursday at "Shoes, Blues and Barbecue." Rape and Abuse Crisis Service added the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes movement (which is in its 10th year) to its 31st annual barbecue in Memorial Park. The event raised about 14,000 dollars for the service.

Male participants scoured the internet and the city for high-heeled shoes big enough to walk a mile in. About 35 men showed up, and although they only ended up walking about half a mile due to heat, Rape and Abuse Crisis Service Executive Director Jim Clardy said he and the other men had a hard time in the heels.

Clardy also said he hoped the event helped men experience some of the pain of being a woman, and the money raised from the event will go to helping the service with its shelter, advocacy and education.

The service has a 36-bed shelter in Jefferson City that reaches nine counties and about 250 women and children. The service also works in hospitals, courtrooms, operates a hotline, partners with Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary for pets brought in with the men and women from abusive environments. Both men and women in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships are served by the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service. Although men are not allowed in the shelters, the service provides hotel and counseling accommodations.

The service works with schools from the elementary school level through the college level with age-appropriate education programs to prevent rape, sexual assault and domestic violence.

Other highlights of the event included prizes for "Best in Show"--a competition for the shoes that were best decorated--barbecue and the Megan Boyer Band.

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