By Lauren Trumbull
News and Features Editor
On Sept. 26, 2017 the Peer Advising Counseling Education (PACE) hosted their 10th Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which raises awareness for sexual assault and domestic violence.
This year, 140 students participated in the walk, along with the women’s basketball team, the women’s lacrosse team and the men’s rugby team.
“PACE puts on Walk a Mile every year as a way to bring education and awareness to the student body about this issue that is occurring all over the United States and in our own community,” said senior PACEr Jordan Loeb.
PACE then takes the money they raise and donates it to other organizations.
“We raised about $600 and all of the money goes to Lehigh Valley agencies that deal with sexual assault. So, we donated to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, The Crime Victims Council and the SAFE Nurses at the Lehigh Valley Hospital,” said Loeb.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to quite literally walk a mile in women’s shoes. Men are to complete the mile in high heels in order to raise awareness for violence against women and gender relations. At registration, students receive a t-shirt, which the Student Government Association donates funds for every year, and the option to choose a high-heel for the walk.
From there, Loeb gave a presentation on sexual assault and how it is a pertinent problem in the United States. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault and every 98 seconds, someone in the U.S. is raped.
In 2001, Frank Baird created the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes project as part of the nonprofit Venture Humanity, Inc. Since its development, Walk a Mile in her Shoes has become a worldwide movement that brings together tens of thousands of men to raise millions of dollars for local domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, prevention and remediation programs and sexualized violence education.
In the past 16 years, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has received numerous awards and honors including Kaiser’s David Lawrence Community Service Award, Safe Passage Good Samaritan Award, Peter Markin Merit Award, Kaiser’s Everyday Hero Award and Equality Now: On the Road to Equality, Honoring Men on the Front Lines.
To see a recap of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, students can visit wfmz.com to watch the clip that premiered on television on Sept. 26.