WKU Men Walk A Mile In High Heels To Raise Awareness About Sexual Abuse Against Women

By Elsa Bolt  | 

Dozens of WKU men donning five inch red stilettos and walking a mile around campus.

The Interfraternity Council put together the "Walk in her Shoes" event that aims at raising awareness about sexual abuse and violence against women.

"It's really steep so it hurts on the heels a little bit, but again, you have to remind yourself the whole time that it's for a good cause," says Bryan Hartzell, the Interfratenity Council President.

"This is painful," said Kyle Smith, a Student Activities Graduate Assistant, as he walked.

The men made a loop that crossed through Normal street, went up the hill, through the DUC building, and near Centennial Mall.

Despite the pain of walking and sometimes wobbling in the heels, these men took up the challenge to send a clear message... that rape is not okay.

"Instead of just saying oh yeah, we'll support them or something, we're actually showing a physical movement that you know, we will stand up and fight for our women," says John Sanders, a Student Activities Graduate Assistant.

"I just want to give a shout out to all the women who actually do wear high heels because they are extremely hard to walk in so I just don't know how they do it, it hurts really bad, but it was fun," added Smith.

The event raised a thousand dollars for Hope Harbor.

The Warren County rape crisis center is happy to see young men take a stand against violence toward women.

"To see a bunch of guys wearing red high heels for such a good cause, to raise awareness, I think it's fantastic," says Jessica Mattingly of Hope Harbor.

Hope Harbor also says that statistically, someone across the country is raped every two minutes and that one in three women will be a victim of sexual assault.

Many of these men say walking in these red high heels for a mile was well worth it.

The event also showed that rape and sexual assault can affect men as well.

Hope Harbor says statistically one in six males will be a victim of sexual assault.

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