Men wore high heels during Saturday's "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event in Yankton.
YANKTON, SD (KTIV) -
Women know how uncomfortable it can be wearing high heels all day.
Saturday night, men shared their pain. More than 70 walked in high heels down the streets of Yankton, S.D. But, the message was more serious than these images might suggest.
"The purpose of the walk, really, is to create awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault in our community, and to more or less get people talking about it," executive director for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Desiree Warren-Johnson, said. "Because if people are talking about it and feel comfortable speaking about it, they'll feel more comfortable addressing these issues and to see people through the struggles that a victim will face on the route to survivorship."
The "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event is in its sixth year. While not quite a mile, the men that signed up still walked a formidable three blocks in red, black and gold high heels. The fire department even geared up in their uniforms. After the walk, participants rested their feet and listened to testimonials of those affected by domestic violence.
"It's nice to see the amount of people that were here today, the amount of guys that actually walked," Chuck Frieberg said. "It's always good to see that, and it's good for Yankton and the community to make education for domestic violence."
Prizes were also awarded for creativity and participation.
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