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Local Men Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

By Staff | Sep 28, 2010
Pictured are the many people in attendance for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event held Saturday on Hydro Drive in New Martinsville. A starting line ribbon cutting ceremony was held to kick off the mile-long walk men, women, and children took in support of domestic and gender violence prevention. (Photo by Qulia Utt)
These bikers traveled from Bellaire, Ohio, to walk and share in the day’s activities on Hydro Drive in New Martinsville. Several marched alongside members of the community while others followed behind with their motorcycles. (Photo by Miranda Stokes)
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil sports red high heels for the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event held Sept. 25. Many members of law enforcement put their best foot forward in support of domestic and gender violence prevention. (Photo by Qulia Utt)
Community member and activist Raymond Renaud proudly (and carefully) walked a mile in women’s shoes along Hydro Drive among many other individuals. (Photo by Miranda Stokes)

On any given day, licensed domestic violence programs in West Virginia provide services to over 600 women, children, and men. On Sept. 25 men from all walks of life walked one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes, or other feminine footwear, at the hydro plant ball park in New Martinsville to protest domestic and gender violence. The event was sponsored by the YWCA Wheeling Family Violence Prevention Program and the Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes.org. Proceeds from walkers benefited the domestic violence prevention efforts in the Wetzel County area.

Many male community members and leaders proclaimed their solidarity with the domestic and gender violence prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. The event was well-attended and included many members of the community as well as from outlying areas.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality, or educational background. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. To find help for yourself or someone you know, visit “http://www.ywcawheeling.org”>www.ywcawheeling.org or call 304-232-0511, or e-mail ywca@ywcawheeling.org.

YWCA Family Violence Prevention Program staff members are also available for presentations on domestic violence, dating violence, bullying, and elder abuse; to schools, youth service organizations, church groups, and any other community groups. Call 304-232-2748 for more information or to schedule a presentation.