Press Release – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC) Relocates Office in Time for Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Campaign to End Sexual Violence Against Women
ABOUT WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender based violence (www.walkamileinhershoes.org). What started as a small group of men willing to “walk a mile” in women’s high heels has turned into a fun annual campaign taking place in cities all around the world, including Medicine Hat, AB.
LOCAL ACTION: This year marks the 7th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in Medicine Hat. As part of the Spectrum Sunshine Festival the walk will take place on Saturday June 6, 2015. Men are encouraged to put on a pair of women’s high heel shoes and walk one mile, raising funds and awareness to the staggering statistics of sexual violence in our community. “In Canada, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual violence before the age of 18. This is unacceptable. It’s time to change,” says Christina Johnson, Executive Director for SARC. “It can be difficult for men to speak up about this issue, so the walk gives them an opportunity to get involved in ending this type of violence.”
GET INVOLVED: Anyone wanting to take part in this year’s walk can register online at https://raceroster.com/events/2015/5375/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes. Paper pledge forms are available for print from www.mhsarc.com/awareness-campaigns. Women and children are also welcome to take part; the men can use all the support they can get while walking in high heels! All donations raised through this campaign will support SARC’s many services which includes free counselling sessions to survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.
SARC RELOCATION: Simply outgrowing its former location, SARC is now located in the 640 Professional Building on 3rd Street SE in Downtown Medicine Hat. SARC can be contacted by phone at 403-548-2717 and through their website www.mhsarc.com.
For more information please contact:
Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee