MEN Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® TO STOP RAPE

 On April 10, 2010, at 10:00 AM, the Shasta Women’s Refuge will host Redding’s third annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes®, the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. It is a unique opportunity for men to educate our community about a very serious subject and to rally our community to take action to prevent sexual violence. Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes!

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® starts and ends at the North end of Market Street Promenade. The walk is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM, with pre-registration on April 9 from 3:00-7:00–PM at Need 2 Speed and registration starting at 9:00 AM on event day.  Each participant who obtains $100 in donations and will qualify for an event T-shirt. Police Chief Pete Hansen and countless other men from all facets of life will walk. Women and children are invited to participate and walk-on registrants are welcome. Proceeds from sponsored walkers support the Shasta Women’s Refuge violence prevention efforts, and rape crisis services in Shasta County.

Maggie John, Shasta Women’s Refuge Executive Director, comments, “One in three women has experienced violence in her lifetime. A woman is raped every 90 seconds in America. That means someone you know, someone you care about has been the victim of sexual violence.” Maggie continues, “This violence does not just affect women. The same violence that targets women also targets men. Rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power, control and violence.”
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® informs the community that services are available for recovery. It demonstrates that men in Shasta County are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making our community a safer place.
We are looking for Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® sponsors and men who would like to participate in walking.

For further information, please contact Chair, Dave Regnell, at 222-0202. Walk A Mile in Her Shoes® national website:  www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

The mission of the Shasta Women’s Refuge is to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in Shasta County. We are committed to providing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the resources needed for safety, healing and prevention of further victimization. We work with our community to promote and participate in intervention, education and advocacy to prevent relational, family and sexual violence.