TAMU-CC Holds ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ International Men’s March to Raise Awareness Against Sexual Assault, Rape and Gender Violence

Published: April 13, 2016

TAMU-CC Holds ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ International Men’s March to Raise Awareness Against Sexual Assault, Rape and Gender Violence

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – More than 200 Islander students and supporters came together in solidarity to raise awareness against sex crimes and gender violence during the 2016 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence” on April 12. The event was sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in partnership with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.

“Statistics show one in four women on a college campus is sexually assaulted,” said Angela Walker, Associate Dean of Students. “This event not only brings people together to say those statistics are not OK, but also brings awareness to the campus and community resources available to someone who may be a victim.”

The one-mile walk began at the University Center, East Lawn, and took participants, many donning high heels, throughout the Island University campus.

“The high heels help change your mentality, even for just a few minutes,” said Brandon Eastwood, finance major. “The issue of sexual assault is often in the back of people’s mind, but events like this get the word out that people will stand up against violence.”

The walk ended in the Anchor Ballroom, where a candlelight vigil was held to honor victims of gender violence. Community information tables were also set up and a sexual assault victim, Nathan Estrada, gave a short speech.

Heidi Martell and Taylor Pilgreen, both mechanical engineering majors and friends who took part in the walk, said they were both moved by Estrada’s speech.

“I liked that Nathan reminded people that they are not alone,” said Pilgreen. “Being a victim can be a very dark time, and it can take a while to come out of the darkness, but having someone to help can make it easier to recover.”

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” also included a red heel shoe decorating contest, photo booth, and T-shirt and button sale, with proceed benefiting the Women’s Shelter of South Texas.

“This event shows there are a large group of young people on this campus that are in tune with the problem of sexual assault,” said Tish Betancourt, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator and Counselor at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. “These students are sending a loud and clear message against rape, sexual assault and gender violence.”

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