Sexual Assault Affects Us All

Men from across the Midlands will be standing up against sexual abuse and violence, one pair of heels at a time, on April 7. 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 and appreciate women’s experiences and realize that this is not only a women’s issue.

Studs in stilettos won’t be the only people taking part in this walk; Men, women and children of all ages are encouraged to participate individually or in teams. Men need to come prepared with women’s footwear, but women are free to walk in their choice of shoes.

Sponsored by Palmetto Health and hosted by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (STSM), the event not only gets men involved in the fight against sexual violence, it also raises awareness about free local services provided for survivors of sexual assault.

Registration is available online at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands’ website www.stsm.org until March 28. Registration includes a walk t-shirt, entrance to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes © after party and one beer token for participants 21 and older. The after party will be held at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium.

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 www.stsm.org.

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.