Men March in High Heels to End Violence

Cheryl Farland
October 01, 2011

It’s not a sight you see every day.

Courageous men took off their comfortable shoes and sported red high heels Saturday morning for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” international men’s march in Central Falls.

The march kicked off at the high school on Summer Street in an effort to show solidarity and support to end violence against women and bring an end to sexual assault, rape and gender violence.

Proceeds from sponsored walkers in the event will support the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center, a local non-profit agency that supports survivors of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence

The event was hosted by Central Falls Councilman James Diossa, advocate Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, and the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center.

One in four women will experience gender violence in her lifetime.

“This violence does not just affect women. Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped or abused. And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power, control and violence,” said Nancy Rafi, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center.