PASSAGES, Inc., along with Clarion University’s women and gender studies program and V-Day Project student group, invite the community to join the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at 5 p.m. April 10. The walk begins and ends at Gemmell Student Center.
Walk a Mile is the international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Men are encouraged to walk in red heels, which are available from PASSAGES; to reserve shoes, pre-register by April 5 by calling PASSAGES at 814-226-7273 or 814-849-5303. Women are encouraged to support the men by wearing a white shirt for the walk. Event day registration begins at 4 p.m. in Gemmell multi-purpose room.
"This year, PASSAGES is doing a fundraiser, so marching in the event not only raises awareness and takes a stand against sexual assault and violence, but it can also raise funds for PASSAGES, an important local community resource," said Dr. Melissa Downes, director of Clarion's women and gender studies program.
The individual or team that raises the most money will receive an award. Donation forms are available by calling PASSAGES or 814-393-2720, or at the WGS office in 207 Harvey Hall, Clarion University.
PASSAGES, located at 415 Wood St., Clarion, provides free and confidential services to survivors of all forms of sexual violence. It serves Clarion, Jefferson and Clearfield counties.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is supported by a Clarion University Community Fellows Program grant. Student organizations Phi Sigma Sigma, English Club and Sigma Tau Delta provide additional support.