As the semester is coming to a close, many of us are excited for what awaits us this summer. Plans for summer vacation, beach outings, and camping trips with friends are all in the back of our minds. But what about safety? The Rape and Domestic Violence Center in Morgantown recently hosted “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” an event meant to raise awareness for sexual assault victims throughout the community.
One of my closest friends, Mark Shaw participated in the event because he thought it would be a good way to support women who have been victims of rape or other life changing incidents. He says, “It wasn’t easy to walk in those heels, but it was worth it and I felt good about it afterwards.” I read in the Daily Athenauem that the event raised over two thousand dollars, which is great because it lets us know that people are coming out and acknowledging the efforts that people are putting into place for the victims. The men walking in the event were making a statement that it’s not acceptable to dominate and hurt women in this way. I honestly have the utmost respect for the men in our community who are showing their concerns because rape can happen anywhere and anytime (and we all know walking in heels isn’t easy.)
Although Shaw didn’t win any kind of prize for his set of heels, he told me that’s not what he was after. “I was just glad I found out about the event when I did because responding to organizations that manage these events should be something everyone does at least once.” The number one thing to remember this summer is to never go out alone and always be aware of your surroundings. Being alert can make all the difference. If you’d like to strive to show your support, visit the RDVIC website to extend awareness about sexual-based violence.
What precautions do you take before going out?