Event to promote Rape Awareness and Prevention, April 10th
(April 2) -- Inspired by the old saying, "You can't understand a person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes," men will literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes at the University Mall in Orem on April 10th to bring awareness to this sensitive but important issue. "One in three women has experienced gender violence in her lifetime. A woman is raped every 90 seconds in America," Said Frank Baird, Founder of the national march. That means someone you know, someone you care about has been the victim of sexual violence. This violence does not just affect women; men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped. And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn't about sex, it's about power, control and violence.
"It's happening everywhere," said Stephanie Bennion, co-organizer of the Utah County walk. "In fact, of the violent crimes that occur in the state of Utah, rape is the only one in which its rate is above the national average. In 2006, Utah's rape rate was approximately ten percent higher than the nation's. And it is feared that if nothing is done about preventing this problem in the state, that the occurrences will continue to increase. Rape is a crime that can be prevented and it is time we did something about it before it becomes too late." Male community members and leaders will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, local mascots, elected and appointed officials, and others are expected to participate.
The march is scheduled to begin at 8:30 am with registration starting at 8 a.m. in front of PF Chang's. Men, women, and children are invited to participate and walk-on registrants are welcome. Men are encouraged (but not required) to walk in women's shoes and participants are being asked for a $5 registration fee. High School students who show id can participate for free. For more information: go to www.walkamileinhershoes.pbworks.com or call 801-851-7068.