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Men 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' to create awareness about attacks on women

London, Fri, 20 Apr 2012 ANI
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London, Apr 20 (ANI): Droves of men wearing high heeled shoes turned out for the 10th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event to raise awareness of sexual violence against women in San Jose, California, on Tuesday.

Taking the metaphorical challenge of putting themselves in the shoes of someone else quite literally, the male activists stepped out in charity t-shirts and an array of stilettos spurred on by their friends and families.

Styles on parade ranged from the red patent leather kitten heel to the green Seventies platform sandal as men wobbled their way along the route in their newly acquired footwear.

The event takes place every year in different locations across the country as a reminder to all of the brutalities women suffer at the hands of abusive partners.

According to the Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey, one victim of rape and sexual assault was reported every two minutes between 2006-2010.

That is a total of about 207,754 cases of domestic and sexual violence.

Statistics, according to the organisation's website, show that one in six women in America are victims of sexual assault which means we all may know someone who has been directly affected by the 'epidemic'.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence was started in 2001.

The attention-grabbing scene of men wearing women's shoes was designed to create a dialogue about an issue that is often hidden from public view and forgotten about as a result.

Founder of the movement, Frank Baird, also believes that although the immediate victims are women, the fallout from an attack is not exclusive to them.

"Violence against women does not just affect women. Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying on his website.

"Men are hurt and angered when they try to develop relationships with women in an atmosphere of fear and mistrust and blame. And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn't about sex, its about power, control and violence," he added. (ANI)

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