Walk in Her Shoes, an event sponsored by the Political Science Student Association demonstrated the positive role men can play in sexual assault and rape issues.
The walk held on April 22 featured English instructor Miguel Powers and history instructor Leslie Douglas. The instructors along with a handful of male students donned high heels and walked around the Quad in order to make a symbolic effort in raising awareness for this cause.
“What we’re doing right now is meant to alter our [male] perspective,” Douglas said.
The event also featured live music and Holly McCrary, intimate partner violence survivor. McCrary was stabbed multiple times by her ex-boyfriend. She believes the Walk in Her Shoes event has the ability to bring change because it requires participation from men.
“This event is extremely effective especially because it is something a lot of men think is a women’s issue,” McCrary said.
Diana Kyle, psychology instructor was also in attendance, 2014 being the sixth year she has taken part in this event.
She spoke about the Clothesline Project, which allows sexual assault and rape victims or family members of victims to write a message on a t-shirt which is then hung on the Quad.
“We have had men make shirts this year and that is special and unique,” Kyle said.
During the event, there was a table with shirts and markers for anyone who wanted to make a shirt on the spot. She also welcomes anyone to email her if they ever want to make a shirt in private and mail it over.
She emphasizes the role men play in this issue whether they are the victims or the perpetrator.
“Men are the ones who are going to stop it,” Kyle said. “They can make a difference to reduce the assaults on women and children.”