CREATED Apr. 20, 2013
April is sexual assault awareness month and today men of all ages came out to support women and domestic violence victims by walking almost 3 inches taller.
Over 200 people showed up today for Green Bay's first ever "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event. The men have to walk a mile in 3 inch heels and the course is difficult.
"They put us on brick that's hard and the big cracks in the bridge, but it's nice, this is fun," said Jef Vansraten, a participator in the walk.
The walk kicked off outside Hagemeister Park on the Green Bay City Deck. Organizers say a lot of planning went into making sure the event was a success.
"We did a lot of research, calling other people who had done Walk A Mile events in other areas and we got some information about how best to start out tackling this project," said Emily Rogers, the coordinator of the shoe booth.
In the Green Bay area alone the Sexual Assault Center helped over 500 vicitims last year and workers at Golden House say they aided more than 1,500 victims of domestic violence. The shelter plans to use the money from this event to start an awareness campaign called "No More."
"So we're going to use that campaign we're going to bring it to our schools, we're going to bring it to agencies, we're going to bring it to our events," said Karen Faulkner, the Executive Director of Golden House.
Some even went all out for today's walk. Jon Mueller participated in the walk and he says all the dressing up and walking in high heels is challenging but the cause is well worth it.
"I had about 90 people that once I said it was for sex abuse and assault they were more than willing to open their wallets for me," said Mueller. He won a prize for collecting the most money to support victims of domestic abuse and having the best costume.
Mueller says his costume was part of a bet. The more money he received for the cause the more women's clothing he had to wear. He was dressed pretty well.
Faulkner of the Golden House says the raised over $10,000 in registration fees alone and that's not counting all the pledge money collected by those who participated in today's walk.