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UNI men walk the walk and talk the talk
Story by Sara Wesselmann, UNI University Relations online magazine & public relations assistant
University of Northern Iowa men march a mile to stop sexualized violence … heels and all
"You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes."
Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families join Walk a Mile In Her Shoes, an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
As a part of the University of Northern Iowa's Greek Week, the Interfraternity Council and the university are asking men to literally walk a mile in women's shoes. This walk compels men to put themselves in a woman's shoes to raise awareness about the serious issues of sexualized violence.
The walk began at the UNI Alumni House and continued throughout campus, ending at Maucker Union.
"The walk helps shine light on a very important topic in the UNI community," said Jessie James-Stinson, program coordinator of UNI Greek Life. "It shows that the men here are committed to helping end sexualized violence."
The mission for the walk is "to create a unique and powerful public experience that educates individuals and communities about the causes of sexualized violence, provides them with prevention and remediation strategies, and empowers them to further develop and implement these knowledges and skills interpersonally and politically."
As these men begin to walk the walk, it allows open communication efforts to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence.