NBC26 Cares: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
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CREATED Apr. 3, 2013
Green Bay, WI -- One-in-four women will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime. It's a disturbing statistic some men with Leadership Green Bay are hoping to stomp out by slipping into ladies shoes.
They're taking a stand in stilettos. Men showing they're macho enough to put on sky high heels and strut down the streets of Green Bay.
"It's a lot more difficult than it looks," said Adam Younk.
Dean Wesolowski added, "Really who hasn't thought of putting them on at one point or another? So here's your opportunity."
Wesolowski, Younk and Rick Moericke are helping launch the first-ever "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event in Brown County. They'll stand three inches taller as they march together in high heels to raise money in the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. For Younk, the cause hits too close to home.
"Somebody very close to me in my family did experience a form of domestic violence, and it created a situation that resonated for many years to come."
"It's a very big problem," said Karen Faulkner, Executive Director of the Golden House shelter. "But what we know is that we're barely scratching the surface."
Faulkner says while the walk is fun and quirky, it comes with a serious message.
"It does make you think about all the things a victim, especially a female victim, can go through. When they're navigating a legal system, a social service system, after a domestic violence or sexual assault."
For a $20 donation, you can rent a pair of red high heels that are specially-made for a man's feet and sashay your way to a safer community. Younk has been practicing for the big day in front of his co-workers at the office.
"They have definitely given me a couple of crazy looks, and I'm comfortable enough in my manhood to gladly make a stand and wear high heeled shoes for a good cause," said Younk.
If the men can't make the full mile, they can purchase a pair of flip flops at the half way mark on the course. The money raised will go to the Brown County Coordinated Community Response Team which is a partnership formed by Golden House, Family Services, the Sexual Assault Center and other key organizations with the mission of raising awareness of, and preventing domestic violence and sexual assault.
The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event is happening on Saturday, April 20th. Registration is at 9:00am with the walk beginning at 10:00am. It begins on the Green Bay City Deck near Hagemeister Park. Women are also encouraged to put on their comfortable walking shoes and join the men in the march.