August 29, 2015
All across the country, increasing numbers of college campuses are hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence events. This program asks men to literally walk a mile in women's shoes as a way to Put Yourself in Her Shoes™ and speak out against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence, while also raising awareness within the community about sexual violence prevention and resources available to survivors.
In April 2014, the White House released an estimate that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college—most likely during freshman or sophomore year. Specifically, there is increased risk during the first several months of the school year. This is commonly referred to as the “Red Zone” time frame in the beginning of the fall semester which is marked by a high incidence of sexual assaults on college campuses across the country.
But sexual assault is not just a national issue: during 2014, there were 71 rapes reported to UGA Campus Police. The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® UGA event provides an opportunity for the campus community to join together and demonstrate solidarity for efforts to stop the violence, especially during this critical time period within the school year.
The event will be held on Saturday August 29 from 5:30-7:30 PM. There is no cost to participate in the walk, but donations to the North Georgia Cottage will be encouraged. Any participant is welcome to walk as an individual, and organizations are highly encouraged to participate in a group. Anyone is welcome to attend! Registration is available online and will be available until and including the day of the event- prior to the walk upon check-in. Check-in begins at 5:00 PM by the Arch on North Campus, and the first 100 people to check in will receive a free t-shirt. The walk will commence at 5:30 PM from this location on North Campus and will conclude with a celebration at Myers Quad. Men are encouraged to bring heels to wear; women’s shoes will be available at registration on a first come, first serve basis. Any proceeds from the event will benefit The North Georgia Cottage: the sexual assault center and children’s advocacy group in Athens. Prizes will be awarded for various categories!
To learn more about last year's walk, check out: http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/campus/uga-community-walks-a-mile-in-her-shoes-to-raise/article_8afda3dc-2ba4-11e4-b952-001a4bcf6878.html
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