Men asked to walk mile in high heels

  • One of Barnwell’s finest wears red high-heeled shoes in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

There is a saying that it’s impossible to understand someone’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons wants people to understand the plight of sexual assault, which affects nearly one in five women and one in 10 children. That’s why they invite the community, especially men and boys, to participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes walk on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. along the walking trail in Williston.

“We can all use our voices to change the culture to prevent sexual violence. We are strongest when we raise our voices together,” said Jessica Coach, the case manager at the Cumbee Center’s Barnwell office.

Red high-heeled shoes will be provided to participants of this free event.

Coach said she hopes the walk will help people understand that sexual assault is a societal issue that needs to be changed.

That can be done by “Engaging New Voices”, which is the theme of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Coach said that’s why they are reaching out to the rural community and holding a walk in Williston instead of just in Aiken as they’ve done in the past.

Williston Police Chief Rodney Pruitt will be the guest speaker at the event, but Coach encourages other local law enforcement officers to attend as well and participate in the walk.

The first 50 people to register for the walk will receive a free T-shirt. It bears an inspirational quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Pre-registration can be done at www.eventbrite.com/e/williston-walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes-tickets-32820081748, but participants can also register onsite the day of the walk. Check-in will take place at 5:45 p.m. on the walking trail near Williston Town Hall.