Men of the University of Central Arkansas community will march one mile in women’s high heeled shoes in an upcoming demonstration to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international event locally headed by UCA’s Interfraternity Council, the UCA Police Department, University and Government Relations had HAVEN.
HAVEN, Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need, assists female adolescents and children who have faced abuse, neglect and homelessness.
The majority of the children in HAVEN have experienced violence or sexual abuse.
"The end of sexual assault and gender violence starts with awareness and Walk a Mile is one of the best ways to raise awareness in the Central Arkansas region," said Scott Isenga, director of fraternity life. "The event is important because it puts our UCA fraternity men creatively at the forefront, literally, of these issues on our campus. "
This is the third year UCA has participated in the international march.
UCA men and female supporters will meet at Crafton Alumni Pavilion on the UCA campus Thursday, April 3 at 1:40 p.m. to start the mile-long walk in high heels.
Organizers said the walk, while bringing awareness to the issue of sexual violence, will also bring attention to HAVEN house.
"We are very honored to partner and that the students see this as a priority," said Jenny Morse. "We provide shelter and services for adolescent victims of abuse and neglect. The students raising awareness that this is an issue in every community, including ours, will help stop abuse."
Students, faculty and staff are anticipated to be participating in the walk.