MTSU Students 'Walk A Mile In Her Shoes'
by Emily Luxen
Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Some male students at Middle Tennessee State University made a bold fashion statement and walked across campus in high heels to bring attention to a serious cause.
The second annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" march aims to bring awareness about rape, sexual assault, and gender violence on campus.
"It is so important that we take a stand that we do not support violence on campus," said Barbara Scales, Director of the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students at MTSU. "It's amazing these guys are so eager to walk in heels for this cause."
A big crowd of students lined up at MTSU's Health Wellness and Recreation center for a chance to cram their feet into heels, and made the one mile trek across campus.
"I got conned into it," joked Miles Dillon. "It is something I immediately regretted after putting on the shoes. I need ice on my feet already."
Dillon joined his fraternity brothers in the walk across campus. They finished with sore feet and a new appreciation for their fellow students.
"Hats off to women," said Dillon. "I don't know how they wear these shoes all the time. Hats off to women."
Event organizers reported almost 50 percent of college females have been assaulted, and cases often go unreported. They hope the event, and the crazy shoes, bring attention to the issue.
"We have to work together to change this," said Scales.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events started in 2001, and are held across the country. MTSU's event was co-sponsored by the Interfraternity Council, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.