Our Voice is a Buncombe County-based non-profit crisis intervention agency which serves victims of sexual violence. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, individual and group counseling, accompaniment to medical services, law enforcement interviews and court proceedings, information and referrals, community education programs focusing on awareness and prevention for all age groups, and much more. But such programming requires funding and the raise needed cash, Our Voice has gotten creative.
Enter the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser in which local men take a stand — in high heels — against sexual assault. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes takes place as part of the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence, now in its ninth year. according to press for the event, “Last year, over 300 such walks were held across the country and tens of thousands of men (women and children too!) put on high heeled shoes as a symbolic gesture to walk in solidarity with women. This visually riveting community event is a great opportunity for your business to show support for the men who are taking a stand against violence. It is also a great way to let the community know you care about women’s issues and are willing to take a stand against sexual violence.”
Asheville Chief of Police Bill Hogan servesasf honorary chair of the event. Get inspired by watching him and other local men strut their stuff in the video, below.
Want to join the walk? You can do so as an individual or a team. Click here for registration details. The walk takes place on Saturday, April 24 and leaves from Pritchard Park at 10 a.m. Registration, shoe Fitting, and team pictures are from 9–9:45 a.m.; the kick off ceremony is at 9:45 a.m. Says Our Voice, “We encourage men to acquire shoes prior to the walk. We will have shoes available at the walk; however, we cannot guarantee the quantity or sizes.”
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter