‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ raises awareness about sexual violence

Who doesn’t love to watch boys stumble around in funny shoes? 

The UMKC Women’s Center held its annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event last week, raising awareness about sexual assault and violence against women. UMKC faculty, staff and Interfraternity Council (IFC) members are just some of the men who came to show their support for women in our community by walking a lap around UMKC in high heels. 

The event encourages men to literally walk a mile in womens’ shoes and understand the struggles they face. 

UMKC Athletic Director Brandon Martin, who provided the event’s opening remarks, discussed what the event means to him. 

“I believe it’s my job to be a leader for the athletic department, but I also believe in being a leader for a larger part of the campus,” Martin told the Women’s Center. “As a parent of two daughters, it is important to take a stronger stance against sexual violence.”

SGA President Justice Horn echoed these sentiments, saying we can all benefit from spreading awareness about this growing issue in our society.

“It’s on all of us to be allies, believe victims, and stand with women,” said Horn. “We did that and are going to continue to do that.” 

This year, over 20 men participated. Women who took part walked with banners and posters in hand, and the Women’s Center made itself known to people all over UMKC.

“It was truly an honor being part of this event,” said Horn. “I’m proud that students got involved, especially those from Greek life and athletics. I’m happy I could be a part of an event that brings awareness to women’s rights and the fight against domestic violence.”

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