Men Around The Country Wear High Heels To 'Walk A Mile In Her Shoes'

The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is happening in style.

Men around the country are taking to the streets for the The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence — and they are doing it all while wearing high heels. 

The event-turned nonprofit organization is called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and was started by Frank Baird in 2001. It is now a global movement, with "tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence education, prevention and remediation programs, " according to the event's website. 

This year, we are so excited to see all the photos and videos of men in heels marching for this important cause. Walks are organized throughout the months, and each one requires men to walk a literal mile in high heels to raise money for the cause.

In Chicago, for example, dozens of lawyers all wore heels with their suits. Similarly, a photo shows the "prosecutors in pumps" from a legal team based in Santa Clara, Calif.

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The walks were inspired by the old adage that "you can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." While walking the mile, people are encouraged to have conversations about the issues women and men face. After all, Walk a Mile In Her Shoes points out this isn't just a women's issue. It impacts us all. Sexualized violence affects families, friends, colleagues, and more.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes points to statistics that show "every two minutes someone in America is raped. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault. That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker or your daughter." 

For this reason, it's so important men and women come together in a show of solidarity to put an end to sexual violence and and stand proudly a few inches higher than they normally would — in heels. 

Those who don't have the best balance should know that people don't even necessarily need to wear heels to get involved. They can create conversations, show their support for women's groups, help organize walks, donate to organizations that support this cause, and speak out when they see injustice.

(H/T: TicToc by Bloomberg)

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