St. Vincent’s Joins the Fight Against Women’s Violence at Fifth Annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” Event
Fairfield–Hundreds came out including a team from St. Vincent’s College on Saturday, April 29, as the Center for Family Justice held its fifth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in Fairfield, CT to promote awareness around serious causes, effects and remediation’s to men’s sexualized violence against women.
With over 700 participants and volunteers, the walk has grown tremendously over the past five years to encompass individuals of all jobs, professions and ages looking to speak out for this cause. State Senator Richard Blumenthal also made an appearance
“People are here to walk, not to talk and every step you take sends a powerful message. All of the men who are here – you have a responsibility to tell other men about their responsibility. You are to be thanked for recognizing that responsibility. We all bear an obligation to stop sexual assault,” said Blumenthal according to the Fairfield & Westport Minuteman.
Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara, once again led the march in his trademark red stilettos. MacNamara has participated every year since its inception according to the Fairfield & Westport Minuteman.
“There remains no better way to bring attention to the issues of domestic violence and assault. This walk reflects the dedication of the community members from the entire region working to end both,” said MacNamara.
Assistant Nursing Professor Marcie Lapido, Director of Student Affairs Anet Surrusco and Executive Assistant Nancy Musante and their team participated in the walk and rose over $600 for the cause.
Formed in 2001 by Frank Baird, what was at first just a small group of men wearing high heels in a park has turned into a global phenomenon served to educate the public about the seriousness of sexualized violence against women. The walk is famous for having participants sporting red high heels as they, at least in the men’s case, literally walk in each other’s shoes.
Additionally, in 2007, Frank Baird started Venture Humanity, Inc, a non-profit focused on developing peace, preventing violence and starting community projects.
Since its formation, the movement has raised millions of dollars that have gone towards local rape crisis centers, domestic violence centers and other sexualized violence education. The event has been covered by numerous news stations globally and thousands of individuals have participated in the walks.