Are You Man Enough?

Men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual assault and abuse -- one pair of heels at a time -- Thursday, April 12. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands' Walk a Mile in Her Shoes begins at 6 p.m. outside the Columbia Convention Center in the Vista.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes © asks men literally to walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes to rally the community to fight against sexual violence. The goal is to help men understand  that sexual assault and abuse are not only women’s issues. 

“We are pleased to announce the Midlands’ Ambassadors of Change will lead the way this year,” said Ginny Waller, Executive Director of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands.

Waller said Attorney General Alan Wilson, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott and Forest Acres Police Chief Gene Sealy are among those who have signed up to walk so far.

The event is open to all comers, including men, women and children of all ages. Individuals and teams are welcome, and  men are asked to bring their own women's footwear.

”Our annual event not only gets men involved in the fight against sexual violence, it also raises awareness about  the high-quality services our organization provides for survivors of sexual assault,” Waller said of the event, sponsored by Palmetto Health.

Registration is available online at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands' website until Monday, April 9. Registration includes a walk t-shirt, walk goody bag, and entrance to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes © after party. The after party will be held at the Tin Roof.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes © is one of many events being held throughout April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). All SAAM activities can be found on Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands website at 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2012

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), formerly named Rape Crisis Network, is a private, nonprofit, United Way member agency committed to providing free, direct services to survivors of sexual assault and abuse, including 24-hour crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, personal advocacy, individual and group counseling, and education about sexual trauma issues.