The old saying goes that you can’t truly understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes.
The Abused Adult Resource Center took that message literally and held the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event April 13 at the Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck, ND.
As part of the event, men from the community slipped on red high heels and shuffled slowly through the mall, all the while shedding light on the issues of sexual assault and sexual violence within our community. April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“For so long, some of these issues of domestic violence and sexual assault have always just been seen as women’s issues or women’s problems. These are men’s issues; these are our wives and our daughters and our partners. And it’s men that are doing this type of thing,” says Tim Gienger, chairperson of the People United for Living in Safe Environments (PULSE) men’s task force, who spoke at the event.
Basin Electric donated $500 toward the event and was fashionably represented by Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications and Administration; Ted Cash, manager of media support services; Chris VandeVenter, legislative representative; and Chris Gessele, staff writer.
Watch video of the event and hear Cash’s take on the experience.
About Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:
Frank Baird created Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® in 2001. What started out as a small group of men daring to totter around a park has grown to become a world-wide movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs.
In 2007, Frank formed Venture Humanity, Inc, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Venture Humanity, Inc. develops peace, violence prevention and community projects. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a Venture Humanity, Inc. project