You just don't get it until you've walked a mile in someone else's shoes. Or so the saying goes.
Around 300 men gathered at Georgia Southern University Tuesday to help us all understand and be aware, and encourage communication about gender relations and sexual violence.
The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event brings men from GSU and the community together to walk in heels to draw attention to the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. The men are encouraged to walk 1 mile in red high heels, although other colors are accepted.
Every 2 minutes in America, someone is raped, and one in six women are victims of sexual assault, according to the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event website. That means that someone you know or care about has been the victim of sexual violence. And sexualized violence doesn't just affect women. It also affects the men who care about them, as well as their families, friends, co-workers and communities.
The Statesboro event, which raises funds for The Teal House Statesboro Regional Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy Center, also featured an information session in the Russell Union about the impact of sexual violence and gender relations.