More than 175 men and women gathered at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in support of the 2015 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence” on April 14. The Women’s Shelter of South Texas partnered with the Island University to help raise awareness in the community.
The march took place in the Dugan Wellness Center where individuals of all ages participated. Men were encouraged, but not required, to walk in any style of women’s shoes to show their support. The event also included a heel shoe decorating contest, photo booth, community information tables, and a candlelight vigil to honor victims of gender violence. Proceeds from t-shirt sales and button sales benefited the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.
T-shirts and buttons are still available for purchase in University Center Room 206 or by contacting Angela Walker at email@example.com.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes organization, one in six American women have been sexual assaulted, a statistic of 293,066 rapes and sexual assaults every year. That breaks down to one rape every two minutes in America.
Locally, Corpus Christi police reported 526 incidents of sexual assault in 2013. Twenty-five percent of those served by the Women’s Shelter of South Texas in 2014 received services for sexual assault.
To help draw attention to this issue the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” International Men’s March takes place in April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The first march was created by Men Organized for Rape Education in 2001.