TU to “Walk a Mile” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Now in its second year, event asks men to put themselves in women's shoes—literally
TOWSON, Md. (April 19, 2011)—The Towson University Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Committee will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, a men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, on Wednesday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.
The event marks April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and invites men to walk one mile on campus in a pair of women’s shoes to raise awareness about sexualized violence toward women.
Participating in the TU walk will be several individuals from the athletics department, including Director of Athletics Mike Waddell; players from the football, men’s soccer and men’s golf teams; and coaches from the football team, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and women’s track and field.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with registration and sign making at the Potomac Patio of the University Union. There will be two opening speakers at noon before the walk begins at 12:15 p.m. The TU Police Department will escort participants along a one-mile route on campus, followed by a rally with local speakers and artists, refreshments, and on- and off-campus resources.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence was founded in 2001 by Frank Baird, a psychotherapist and marriage counselor. Now in its tenth year, the event draws large crowds in multiple locations nationwide.
For more information, contact Residence Life Coordinator Brian Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org.