Men in heels fight violence

Published: 9/21/2016 6:25:45 PM

On Franklin Pierce University’s campus this afternoon, men in the highest of heels get their strut on for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. Organizers of the event, also known as The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence expect well over 100 men to don high heels to help raise awareness and contributions to combat violence against women.

“The last time we did it we had close to 300 participants walk including vice presidents and many of the men’s athletic teams,” said Richard Koch, one of the event organizers. T

The walk provides an opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects, and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.There is an old saying: “You can’t understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” This program asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in heels, but the goal is to have fun and to get the community to talk about something that’s tough to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.

The event is slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Library Courtyard. Walkers will don their heels and walk from the library around the freshman dorms and back. Everyone is encouraged to walk either with or without heels.

For more information contact Rob Koch at or Nicole Newell at at 899-4130.

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