Island University Raises Awareness for Sexual Assault and Gender Violence During ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

Published: April 13, 2017

Island University Raises Awareness for Sexual Assault and Gender Violence During ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi partnered with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas to break the silence surrounding gender violence during the 2017 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence,” on April 11. The event included community information tables and a candlelight vigil to honor victims of gender violence.

“This is about walking for survivors, walking for victims and being aware of what resources and support is available, not only to students, but to our Corpus Christi community,” said Angela Walker, Associate Dean of Students in the Division of Student Engagement and Success at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “We need to stop being bystanders and come together to end the violence and break the silence surrounding gender violence.”

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes informs those in the community about what services are available for recovery. It also helps change the perspectives of men to better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.

“The statistics of violence are high and I think people aren’t aware of just how high they actually are,” said Tish Betancourt, Sexual Assault Services Manager and Counselor for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. “The most recent figures in Texas are that two in every five women and one in every five men have been sexually assaulted in some way.”

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes International Men’s March was started in 2001 by Men Organized for Rape Education and takes place during Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. This walk demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.

“Events like this are important because they let everyone know what’s going on since this is a topic that’s not really talked about,” said Alyson Moreno, sophomore pre-nursing major at A&M-Corpus Christi. “It’s important to let the victim know that they aren’t alone and that they can reach out for help.”

The Women's Shelter of South Texas offers emergency shelter 365 days a year to both women and men that are victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse. It also has male and female counselors available in Corpus Christi, as well as in a 12 county radius. All of the shelter’s services are free of charge.

For a list of other sexual assault awareness events taking place at A&M-Corpus Christi this month, including a free self-defense class, visit http://judicialaffairs.tamucc.edu/