Sometimes the best way to understand another person’s hardship is to slip into their shoes for a day.
Dec. 6, students will literally walk in another female’s shoes. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international men’s walk against sexual assault and domestic violence to be held at the Health Enhancement Center.
The executive coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center Kimberly Lizan helped organize the event.
“Men put on heels, shoes and boots and they walk a mile in ‘their’ shoes. It’s just a way to get people thinking,” Lizan said. “You can put yourself in their shoes or in that place, but actually having a physical representation of that is the push that people need to start thinking about situations that are happening.”
Lizan addressed the notion of bringing sexual assault and domestic violence issues into the public’s mind.
“I hope that people get a general understanding that most of the situations we are trying to raise awareness of through this event are sometimes behind closed doors,” Lizan said.
Lizan’s goal for attendees is to become more aware of the cause and hopefully start to advocate or volunteer in centers to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Sophomore Justin Wieseler will participate in the walk.
“Being a member of Phi Sigma Phi, one of the five fraternities on campus, I believe it is extremely important to take a stand against sexual assault that gives Greek life a negative stereotype,” Wieseler said. “Aside from that, it will also be a way to raise awareness in a fun and creative way.”
Wieseler, the Greek community and Women’s Resource Center have collected shoes by doing a shoe drive. Wieseler is proud the Greek community is participating in the event., especially because he feels it will be a good way for the community to look beyond the negative stereotypes of Greek life.
“The attendees, along with those participating in the walk, will be able to walk away with a better understanding of what constitutes sexual assault,” Wieseler said. “They will be able to stand up against it if they see that someone is at risk of sexual assault, especially in situations where alcohol is present.”