The IU Southeast Adult Student Center is hosting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes and effects of men’s sexualized violence against women.
The walk will occur on Monday, April 1, at McCullough Plaza on the IU Southeast campus. Registration will open at 12 p.m. followed by an introduction from Chancellor Ray Wallace. Participants will then gather at the clock tower in McCullough Plaza for the 1-mile walk around campus.
Prizes will be given for the first to cross the finish line, the most unique outfit and shoes and the hairiest legs. Shoes for the event can be purchased from the Salvation Army, the Mustard Seed and other local thrift stores and Goodwill. Participants can also buy shoes online at shoecup.com and enter code “IUS20” for a 20 percent discount.
“This is an important event for our campus to host because it gets our campus community talking about an issue that affects us all,” said Kim Pelle, manager of the Adult Student Center. “Sexual assault on campuses across the country happens every single day. Victim blaming, excessive alcohol consumption and partying amongst students sometimes normalizes these occurrences and survivors are reluctant to report these crimes. Events like this bring the issue home and remind us we are all in this together.”
For more information about the event, contact Kim Pelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 941-2650.