Men in Coos Bay 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' to bring awareness to women's violence

"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event at Southwestern Oregon Community College, May 3, 2018. (SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The clicks and clacks of heels were heard throughout the campus of Southwestern Oregon Community College this week as crowds of men wearing women's shoes joined in the 5th Annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes event to raise awareness about rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

"Typically, people will say that it is a women's issue because acts are performed against woman, but with this movement, we try to take the stance that it is a men's issue," said SWOCC Athletic Director Mike Herbert. "It's us educating our youth, our young men on our campus."

Inspired by the saying, "You can't understand someone else's experience until you've walked in their shoes," men young and old literally walked a mile in women's high-heeled shoes.

"It's kind of a fun, visual way to bring awareness to a very serious subject," said participant Evan O.

"Before I even got here I saw some of the posters - like, 85 percent of domestic violence is toward women, and I didn't know that before," said participant Braden Ray, "so just making people aware of problems like that is huge."

Donations for the event will be used to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"What we're trying to do it change the focus towards our men to try to educate them on how to behave, how to act, and how to treat other people," added AD Herbert.

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