Campus Men Wear Red Pumps to 'Walk a Mile in
It was an unusual sight at Penn State DuBois on Wednesday as more than two
dozen male students walked together around campus wearing red high heels. The walk also took them off campus, and down
Liberty Boulevard, as women showing their support to the cause walked alongside
the guys to cheer them on.
were participating in 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes', a men's march meant to raise
awareness of the battle against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. The
event was organized by Passages of Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson Counties,
in conjunction with the Penn State DuBois Office of Student Life. The idea behind the march is to get men more involved
in issues surrounding sex crimes.
of the time people think of sexual violence as a women's issue, but men are
really the ones who can make a difference," said April Fleck, a prevention
educator with Passages. "We want
men to become aware of what they can do to step in and stop these things from
happening. If they see something or know
of something happening, we want them to do what they can to stop it."
said the event also raises awareness of the fact that women aren't the only
victims of these crimes. She said,
"When you ignore men, you also ignore that one in six males will be a
victim of sexual violence before the age of 18."
true to the name of the event, the Penn State DuBois men really did walk a full
mile in high heels supplied to them by the Office of Student Life. They walked through campus, then down Liberty
Boulevard in DuBois, and back. The route
had been designated earlier, and measured to be exactly one mile.
definitely different," said student Evan Aravich, of Brockway, about
wearing the women's shoes. "I can't
imagine why or how women wear these things all day."
higher than I thought they would be," said student Ben Fordoski, as he
balanced cautiously, taking his first few steps in this unfamiliar footwear.
end of the walk, most of the men agreed that it was a fun way to try something
they've never done before, while making a positive statement.
something I never had a chance to do, wearing high heels, and it should
definitely make a statement," Fordoski said.
said, "It's a good cause, and it should show the community that we're
fighting against sexual abuse."