Students participate in the event to take a stand against sexual assault.
Cal U students participate in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Nearly 200 male students slipped on high-heeled shoes and paraded across Cal U’s campus on April 30 for an important cause.
For the ninth year, Cal U participated in the international program known as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.
The event was sponsored by the University’s End Violence Center.
“Walk a Mile is a fun opportunity for men to educate our campus about a serious subject and rally the community, because it’s on us to take action to prevent sexual assault," said Noelle Marinelli, graduate assistant in the End Violence Center.
“This event demonstrates that men are willing and able to be courageous partners with women in making the world a better place, because it’s on us.”
Before the jaunt, which began and ended at the Convocation Center, student leaders spoke from participating groups: Alpha Kappa Lambda; Acacia; Cal U bands; the basketball, baseball and the cross country and track and field teams; campus ministry; One Man Army; Sigma Tau Gamma; and Theta Xi.
“It’s different, and I really did not think of how they would feel like until I put them on,” said Rhett Geary, a sophomore criminal justice major with Sigma Tau Gamma as he gingerly moved in red high-heeled shoes. “I saw it last year and figured I’d give it a try this year and show support, since it’s for an important cause.