Hundreds of men traded in their gym shoes for a pair of ladies high heels Wednesday morning. The third annual "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" sexual assault awareness walk took off at the State Capitol.
The goal of the one mile walk is to bring awareness to issues surrounding rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The men who participated in the walk were encouraged to wear high heels in an effort to empathize with women and men who've been targets of sexual violence.
Shalatta Sharp, the Special Projects Coordinator for the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault says, "Sexual assault is embarrassing, it's painful, it's uncomfortable, it completely affects everything in that patient's life, so while these men are walking around the capitol in these uncomfortable shoes, we want them to be thinking about you know what victims go through and just imagine if you had to wear those shoes everyday of your life."
Participants in Wednesday's walk were encouraged to make a $10 donation. All proceeds will go towards the nine rape crisis centers in Mississippi.
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