‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ event moved online

For the last several years, men, women, and their families have been putting on their heels and walking a mile to raise awareness for sexual assault, rape, and gender violence.

Like most things around the world, the local ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ had to cancel their in-person event. So, now, the event has been moved online.

Participants are asked to take pictures of themselves in high heels or other traditional women’s shoes and send them into the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence Facebook page.

Participants are encouraged to post pictures to social media using the hashtag #stopsexualviolencems.

Now more than ever it is important to raise awareness about these issues because due to the COVID-19 stay-at-home orders more violence and crimes are being committed. Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Stephanie Piper said, “Domestic violence has gone up. We’ve had more phone calls because people are stuck at home. Murders around the world have gone up due to domestic violence. More sexual assaults have gone up due to COVID. It is not stopping just because something bad has happened. It’s actually increasing because people have more access to their victims.”

The Gulf Coast Center for Non-Violence is still open during this time and they are taking clients. If you’ve experienced domestic violence or sexual assault call 800-800-1396.

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