Men Walk a Mile in High Heels to Raise Awareness of Rape

Violence against women, whether it’s rape or street harassment or anything else, is a problem that cannot be solved without the cooperation of male allies.

The men of Western Kentucky University know this. The school’s Chi Omega fraternity house recently hosted a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise awareness of sexual assault where men walked a mile around campus in red high heels.

The event raised $1,000 for Hope Harbor, an organization that provides services for victims of sexual assault.

The men of Western Kentucky University aren’t the only men interested in raising awareness of violence against women. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”  is an international united gender movement for men to help stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

The goal of these events is to open communication about sexualized violence, an issue that is difficult for many to discuss. The events help “men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping improve gender relationships and decreasing the potential for violence.”

The events also demonstrate that “men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a safer place.”

In a world where a woman is raped every 2 minutes men and women need to join together to help put an end to violence against women.

Do you think male allies are necessary to help end violence against women?

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Emily G.
Emily J.12 months ago

If the walk in high heels helps raise awareness and show the world that people are speaking out against rape, then that is a good thing. Rape and gender-based violence are human issues and women and men must fight against these. Congratulations for these men for standing up for what they believe in!

Steven R.
Steven R.12 months ago

how about women walking in handcuffs to feel how it's like to be falsely accused of rape?

Steven R.
Steven R.12 months ago

how about women walking in handcuffs to feel how it's like to be falsely accused of rape?

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin3 years ago

Sheri P.: You call all of your female co-workers skanks?

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

I feel very bad for their feet. But for being such advocates for a good cause, I will help massage those feet. But only after they've been washed...

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Way to go guys, keep it up.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal3 years ago

So do all women wear heels? Nevertheless, thanks to these men who support awareness.

Stanley Balgobin
Stanley R.3 years ago

The vast majority of neoconservative evangelical Christians believe that women who walk in high heels are "asking for it" Can this be true? I hope and trust not.Women do not welcome rape.

Pepper Hume
Pepper Hume3 years ago

Do women need male allies to stop violence against women? Duh?? Who exactly perpetrates violence against women? MEN, stupid! And who else can exert peer pressure against the perpetrators except their peers, other men. I say bravo indeed to those men, may your numbers increase ten thousand fold.