Penn State DuBois Men Put on High Heels for Walk a Mile Event

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DUBOIS – Nearly 40 men from Penn State DuBois stepped into high heels on Wednesday for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

The men’s march is meant to raise awareness of the battle against rape, sexual assault and gender violence, and to get more men involved in the fight.

The event was organized by the victim advocacy group Passages of Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson counties, in conjunction with the Penn State DuBois Office of Student Engagement.

The men marched through campus, as well as off campus, along Route 255, and down Liberty Boulevard, then back. The round trip added up to the men walking a full mile in their pumps.

“While you walk today, you are demonstrating that there is no place for abuse here at Penn State DuBois,” Student Government Association member Carter Wood told the men participating in the walk.

“So, keep in mind while you’re out there that there’s no excuse for abuse.”

Those who walked felt confident that their efforts would help to raise awareness of abuse. Student Alex Davis said, “I don’t agree with violence against anyone.

“This is helpful because it does draw attention; it’s out there. How often do you see a bunch of dudes in heels walking down the main strip in DuBois?”

Fellow student Ryan Lingle said, “Especially in smaller communities like this, where we all know each other, it’s important to have awareness of these issues and to help raise that awareness for our neighbors.”

According to Passages, 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 71 men will be a victim of sexual assault at some point in their lives.

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One thought on “Penn State DuBois Men Put on High Heels for Walk a Mile Event

  1. DuBois Dame

    Great cause, and great purpose to cross gender lines in the fundraising. I have to wonder, though, if the concept of this particular fundraiser is somewhat demeaning to these men, even though they volunteered to do it. Fundraising at the expense of someone’s respect lies in the grey area and encroaches on the greater problem of the lack of respect we Americans show to one another, to the rest of the world, and to our own selves. Throwing pies in faces and cutting off neckties lie in the same grey area. These activities are done in the name of fundraising and even just plain old fun, but such activities may just be contributing to the general problem. Something to think about.

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