A parade of men and women, wearing every type of shoe from black flats to pink high heels, will strut their stuff across the campus of DeSales University at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 as part of the national “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” campaign.
The event is open to members of the DeSales community and the public. Proceeds will benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.
The DeSales PACE (Peers Advising Counseling Educating) team will host the walk to promote awareness for the prevention of sexual assault and to help minimize the potential for sexual violence by helping men gain an appreciation for and greater understanding of female experiences, which will, in turn, improve relationships.
Registration will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the DeSales University Center, followed by a presentation on sexual assault by PACE at 3:30 p.m. The walk will start at 4:15. Refreshments will be provided at the conclusion of the walk at 5:00.
Adults are asked to provide a minimum registration donation of $15. Students are asked to provide a minimum registration donation of $10. Early registration will be held during lunch and dinner hours in the DeSales University Center from now through September 28 and during lunch hours on September 29.
The walk will occur on the DeSales University campus, starting at the University Center, passing by the soccer field, walking through the McShea Student Union, going past Trexler Library and ending at the University Center.
Male participants are asked to walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes (flats, sandals, and flip flops also are permitted). They will receive shoes to wear but are asked to bring their own if possible. Women must wear their own shoes. Free t-shirts will be given out before the commencement of the walk.
PACE has requested that community businesses or individuals form teams to raise money for this event. While the event is open to both men and women, PACE encourages teams to represent as many men as possible.
The history of "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"
"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," a national event, was started by Frank Baird in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley, California, in 2001. The intent of the first walk was to raise awareness and funds for rape crisis centers. The main goal of the organization is to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Since the first walk in 2001, more than one hundred walks have taken place nationwide.
About DeSales PACE
DeSales University's PACE team, established in May 2004, consists of eight certified students who assist in peer counseling on campus and talk with other students on issues such as alcohol, sexual assault, relationships, time management and health / social education. They also work with high school, middle school and elementary school students to address a variety of topics.
For more information on "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" and the DeSales University's PACE team, please contact Caitlin Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Schmoyer at email@example.com or by calling the PACE office at (610) 282-1100, ext. 7223.
Press Release: "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" to Benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley | Posted on: 9/24/2010
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu