SAPA will host fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Wednesday

Several men will trade in their sneakers for a pair of red high heels Wednesday night.

Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates is hosting its fifth Walk a Mile in Her Shoes educational event from 5 to 10 p.m. in Finch Fieldhouse.

In an effort to raise awareness of sexual assault, by walking in “her” shoes, men can have a very small taste of what it is like to be a woman and show support for women who have been victimized, said Anne Milne.

“Anyone who attends can expect to watch all the entertainment of watching men walk in heels,” the Greenville graduate student said. “They can also expect to see at least our SAPA men trying to do the Cupid Shuffle and maybe even the hustle in their red pumps.”

Lansing graduate student Andrew Slater said in addition to SAPA, other registered student organizations and community agencies will be presenting information. The CMU Police Department, Listening Ear, the Chippewa Domestic Violence Shelter, CMU Counseling Center, Spectrum and the Organization of Women Leaders will have tables set up to educate students.

The issues SAPA deals with are serious and sometimes difficult for people to deal with, said Oakley graduate student Miller Dugalech.

“Being able to learn about these issues while men are walking around in red high heels makes it a positive experience,” he said. “As well, we get to experience for a short mile in heels what women go through for an entire lifetime.”

The walk also features a raffle at the end of the night, giving people the chance to win multiple prizes from gift certificates to free services, Slater said. This year’s grand prize is a 32-inch LCD TV provided by the CMU Bookstore.

“We’re hoping for the biggest turnout ever this year,” he said. “So far, we have planned for 350 people plus 52 SAPAs to be at the event, but we would love it if more than 400 people come.”

Milne said guys should be prepared to be cat called, hooted and laughed at, and also to have some sore feet.

“It’s all in good fun,” she said.

Registration is $5 for the walk and raffle, and $10 for a T-shirt, walk and raffle. Students can register at 5 p.m. and the walking will start around 6 p.m. Onlookers can attend for free.


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