SARC’s Third Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on Main Street is April 30, but it’s already time to start building teams and raising money. Harford County Council President Billy Boniface is Honorary Chair of this year’s event, which gives local men a chance to see what it’s like to run a mile in a pair of women’s high heeled shoes. Participants, which include women and children, show their commitment to creating a society free from sexual violence by raising money and participating in the walk that benefits the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center.
To register to walk and to build your own team, visit SARC’s website at www.sarc-maryland.org. The Walker registration fee is $25 per walker (non tax-deductible). Walkers who register before March 31st are guaranteed an event t-shirt.
Here are more details from the event’s press release:
SARC’s Third International Men’s March: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Come and Join Us!
On April 30th, 2010, SARC will be hosting its Third Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on Main Street in Bel Air. County Council President Billy Boniface will serve as the Honorary Chair. This event gives men (many of whom opt to wear high heels) as well as women and children the opportunity to stand up and show their commitment to creating a society free from sexual violence. This is especially apropos this month, as April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
To register to walk and to build your own team, visit SARC’s website at www.sarc-maryland.org. The Walker registration fee is $25 per walker (non tax-deductible). Walkers who register before March 31st are guaranteed an event t-shirt. Male walkers will be provided with shoes while supplies last. From the website, you can pay the $25 registration fee, start or join a team, set a goal, and begin raising money!
You can also search for other participants and donate toward their goals.
“Last year we had 70 walkers, most of whom were men,” said Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter, SARC’s Executive Director. “It really made it clear that men in our community want to send a message that violence against women will not be tolerated. It was wonderful to see so many participants; many men brought their sons and daughters to participate. Our goal this year is to exceed the 70 walkers.”
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was first organized by Frank Baird in 2001. Since then, the marches have been held all over the United States in a joint effort to raise awareness, show support, and for men and women to be part of the answer to ending the cycle of violence. According to Frank Baird, “This march gives men the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their courage and commitment to preventing sexualized violence.” Sexual violence does not just impact women, but it has a profound impact on their family, friends, and the men in their life who care about them.
Anyone can be a victim of violence; men and boys are also vulnerable to sexual violence. By taking part in the Walk, you will be making a statement that violence against women and children is
not just a women’s issue, it’s EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS and we must all work together to solve it.
Walk the walk. Make a difference.
Since 1978, SARC has provided important and necessary information as well as services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Harford County. Services include a 24 Hour-Helpline, counseling, legal representation, a confidential safe house, and community outreach and education. To learn more about SARC, please call 410-836-8431, or our 24 Hour Helpline, 410-836-8430, or visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org for more information on the International Men’s March: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
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