Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Awareness Walk kicks off Friday evening
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Working Against Violence, Inc. is kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by combining their annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Awareness Walk with their Power of Purple event on Friday, Sept. 30, at Memorial Park in Rapid City.
Sponsors and volunteers are needed, and participants are encouraged to visit their website to pre-register and get information about being a sponsor or volunteer.
The family-friendly event is encouraging participants to dress up as their favorite superhero, register and put themselves in her shoes – red high heels.
Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the walk will start at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and the walk goes through Memorial Park to support WAVI’s efforts to end violence. WAVI also has red high heels in men’s sizes.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a nationally recognized event designed to raise awareness and funds for the movement to end domestic and sexual violence against women. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes events are held worldwide to highlight and encourage men’s roles in ending these types of violence. In this event, men take a walk wearing red high heels as a symbolic gesture to walk in solidarity with women.
For 40 years, WAVI has offered comprehensive services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims, including emergency shelter, case management, and community education. WAVI served 2,845 clients in 2020, providing over 17,000 services. WAVI provided emergency safe shelter to over 900 men, women, and children in 2021, with a total of 9,039 shelter days.