SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As the saying goes, you’ll understand another person better when you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.
That’s what dozens of men did Thursday night in support of sexual assault victims.
“We tend to have community awareness pieces and we try to get the community involved and so the walk a mile in her shoes that’s what it’s about,” Doris Williams, Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center said.
For a small donation to a great cause, men gathered in Forsyth Park for the Rape Crisis Center’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. The donations benefit the RCC in education and assisting victims. The goal is to draw attention and open the lines of communication about sexual violence.
“It’s just definitely a time where men should step up and do everything we can to make sure the women in the community are safe,” Bleu Alewine said. This was his first time participating since moving to the Coastal Empire in October.
The walk started nationally in 2001 and in that, time it’s grown to raise millions for victims, prevention and education.
News 3’s Andrew Davis and Darius Johnson joined in as well, strapping some heels on to raise awareness.
“It’s incredibly important. I mean we all have sisters, we all have moms. But it’s something that often overlooked. Growing up you started to hear more and more women tell you stories that are horrific,” participant Ryan Wilson said.
City officials, Savannah Police officer and employees from the District Attorneys office joined in on the heel walking fun, too.
The RCC says it’s important to have men particpate because they are often on the other side of the table and may never experience it. The RCC is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.