International Men’s March Raises Awareness About Sexual & Gender Violence
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2013) – Football players, fraternity members, and male faculty members at the University of South Florida will put on the most colorful pair of high heels they can find this week in hopes of ending violence against women.
Inspired by the idea that you cannot truly understand the experiences of others until you have walked a mile in their shoes, men from USF and the surrounding community will march in USF’s 6th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Sponsored by the student organization N.I.T.E. (Network, Improve, Transform, Empower), this year’s event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater, located at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., near the USF Bull fountains.
In addition to the walk, participants will hear from special guest speaker Melissa Dohme. Dohme, 21, is a domestic violence survivor and advocate. Her life changed in January 2012, when an ex-boyfriend viciously attacked her, stabbing her more than 30 times. Doctors say it’s a true miracle she’s alive today – and Dohme believes she was saved so she can share her story.
Also at the event, men will take the REAL (Relationship Equality and Anti-violence League) Men’s Promise. The Promise is a commitment for men to stand up against violence towards women and the culture that supports it. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will conclude with a celebration that includes music, games, and contests.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an educational, empowering, and unique event sponsored by N.I.T.E. in partnership with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, and with support from USF Athletics, USF ROTC, University Police, and USF Student Government.