The 4th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, to bring awareness to domestic violence, is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m. that day.
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
“The Walk A Mile event is designed to raise awareness about domestic violence issues in our communities,” said Beth Peters, the Outreach/Developmental Coordinator with Gordon Domestic Violence Outreach. “While the event is fun, the underlying issues are heartbreaking. The walk allows all community members to take a stand and promote a zero tolerance attitude. By participating in the walk, citizens are saying, ‘domestic violence is wrong and I’m doing my part to stop it’.”
Last year, close to 200 walkers participated in the event, and Peters hopes to exceed that number this year. “It is important for folks to remember that this is a family event, so everyone can walk. The walk serves as a great way for children and teens to become aware of issues faced by our community and learn to advocate for change,” said Peters.
Peters notes that the event has a new route this year. “Thanks to our friends at PruittHealth Hospice, we will begin the walk on the lawn of their beautiful office located at 308 North Wall Street. Walkers will proceed south on Wall Street to Hicks Street and then return back north on Wall Street to finish at BB&T park,” said Peters.
All proceeds from the walk will assist Gordon County victims of domestic violence. “This year we are also planning to use a portion of the proceeds to fund programming for local teens,” said Peters. “Unfortunately, national statistics show that one in three teens have been or are currently in an unhealthy relationship. Students in our city and county schools deserve to enjoy their high school years and not be burdened by teen dating violence. Education on formulating healthy relationships is key,” said Peters.
“Last year the GCDVOO served almost 600 new clients in our office,” said Peters. “However, many incidents go unreported because victims fear for their safety. Still others do not realize that help is available. They often times do not feel supported.”
“A home should be a place associated with love, safety, and peace,” continued Peters. “Sadly, many Gordon County children are living in unsafe homes and often dread what tomorrow brings. We’ve got to change that.”
Peters wants everyone to know that all members of the community can participate. “If you are unable to attend, you can sponsor a walker or make a donation,” said Peters. “Ladies, this event is the perfect opportunity for you to see the men in your lives in a great pair of heels. Challenge them today.”
“We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors,” said Peters. “We have some sponsors who have been with us all four years and that means so much.”
Walkers can pre-register by calling the Gordon County Domestic Violence Outreach Office at 706-625-5586 or contacting them through Facebook. Registrations can also be faxed to 706-625-5510. Registration will also take place the day of the walk, but you must pre-register to ensure that you receive a walk t-shirt. If you have questions about registration, please call the office at 706-625-5586.