PARK CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Today in Park City, men walked a mile in a woman’s shoes for a very serious purpose.
Park city’s Peace House hosted the 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to bring attention to the problem of domestic abuse and violence against women.
The men wore women’s high heels and bedazzled flip flops while they marched exactly one mile from City Park Looping through the Park Silly Market and back.
This event is hosted around the world in a movement that has raised millions over the years and is dedicated to raising awareness to help stop domestic violence against women.
“Women for decades have done a tremendous job of protecting themselves, but it’s now time for the conversation to expand and bring in men to help define acceptable behaviors and help be in the conversation on healthy relationships,” said Leisa Muka, Peace House Prevention and Awareness Coordinator
The State of Utah has an unusually high rate of domestic violence incidents and organizations like Peace House hope to change that by raising awareness.
“We are thrilled to announce Crandall Capital, Utah Film Studios and Mary Janes Shoes as sponsors of the sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” said Peace House Executive Director Kendra Wyckoff.
“We reached out to residents in both Summit and Wasatch counties and invited them to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to draw attention to the fact that Peace House serves the residents of both counties. While on the surface this event promises fun and silliness, Walk a Mile is truly mission based, bringing awareness to the fact that one really doesn’t understand what another is facing until they’ve walked in her shoes.”
If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7.
1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org .
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or in an emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.