Annual Walk a Mile set for Oct. 6

The popular men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and violence, Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, is set for Friday, Oct. 6 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at BB&T Park, located at 215 North Wall Street in downtown Calhoun. The walk begins at 12 noon.

This will be the sixth time area men have slid on high heels and marched to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a nation-wide event founded in 1987. The event is a playful opportunity for men to walk a mile in women’s shoes to raise awareness in the local community about the serious causes and effects of domestic violence. The goal of the event is to heighten awareness and increase the education about the issue

According to Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach, the Walk a Mile event is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence issues in the Gordon County community. While the event is supposed to be fun, the underlying issues are distressing. The walk allows all community members to take a stand and promote a zero-tolerance attitude. By participating in the walk, citizens are acknowledging that domestic violence is wrong and that it needs to stop.

All proceeds from the walk will assist Gordon County victims of domestic violence. According to Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach, in 2014, almost 600 new clients were served in the office, but it is common knowledge that many domestic violence incidences go unreported because victims fear for their safety, while others do not realize that help is available.

All members of the community are invited to participate; for anyone unable to attend, walkers can be sponsored or donations can be made.

For any questions or additional information, call the Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office at 706-625-5586 or contacting them through Facebook.