Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Walk-A-Mile

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Photos by Kara Hartnett

What is generally a light-hearted event of watching men try to walk in red pumps in support and awareness for sexual assault turned into a serious discussion on the severity and prevalence of sexual assault at Southeast and other university campuses. Walk-A-Mile begun with the gathering of Greek Life, Faculty and Staff, and other Southeast students and organizations to Academic Hall where different presentations were given. Sonia Rucker discussed the relevance and stigma of sexual assault and showed a video about the importance of bystander intervention. Redhawks Rising paired with Campus Violence Prevention gave a presentation on their personal experiences of being sexually assaulted, which can also be found on their Facebook page. And finally, the presidents of IFC and NPC discussed the purpose of Walk-A-Mile and Greek standards within sexual assault. Several men volunteered to wear a pair of red heels and walk a mile, amongst their peers, around campus. It was pouring down rain for most of the mile, but that didn't stop the men and women who already pledged to participate. Several organizations made signs and cheered on those who "Walked a mile in her shoes".