On Friday April 26, 2013, join men, women and teens from Summit County and the surrounding communities as they walk one mile in women’s shoes through downtown Akron to protest rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties. The walk is scheduled to begin at 6 PM with registration starting at 5 PM in Downtown Akron (Lock 3). Opening ceremonies will begin at 6 PM and a post-walk reception and award ceremony will follow shortly after.
Participants will enjoy food, music and games. Men, women, and children are invited to participate and walk-in participants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women’s shoes and participants are being asked to obtain a minimum of $20.00 in sponsorship donations. Prizes will be awarded to top fundraising teams and individuals!
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes provides an opportunity for the community to stand together against sexual assault and to raise awareness about this violent crime. Even though the original idea emphasizes men’s involvement, their partners, sisters, mothers and friends often join in too” said Dave Rich, WAMIHS planning committee member . Started in 2001 by Frank Baird Walk a Mile in Her Shoes has grown to become an internationally recognized event. Dave states that “men wobbling in heels or fuzzy pink slippers on downtown Akron sidewalks can be pretty amusing but the cause they are marching for is quite serious. While sexual assault has traditionally been viewed as a women’s issue the reality is that sexually violent crimes have no boundaries and affect us all. Statistics show us that approximately 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males will be affected by sexual violence in their lifetime.” Akron’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is in its 8th year and is quickly becoming a unique tradition in the Akron community.
Though we would love it for you to register online, you are more than welcome to start a team and fundraise offline. Contact Dana Zedak at 330-777-4723 or DanaZ@scmcbws.org with any questions!
Start a fundraising team today, and help us fight gender violence one step at a time!