LIHUE — Rozetta Williams is looking forward to seeing men and women come together during the YWCA’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
“We think that it’s important because it gives men in our community the opportunity to join with women to stand against domestic violence and sexual assault,” the Kauai YWCA grants development manager said.
Men will walk the interior of the Kukui Grove Shopping Center wearing different types of women’s heels Wednesday. Although men are encouraged to walk in heels, it’s not a requirement and they aren’t the only ones invited to the walk as women and children are also welcome to raise awareness. People can join the event as a speaker or volunteer. A special prize will also be given to the organization that hosts the most male walkers.
Williams and Leialoha Sanchez, youth service and prevention education coordinator, said the highlight of the event is the solidarity men and women show in the community event that shines light on the toll violence takes on families.
In 2014, the YWCA Sex Assault Program answered 135 crisis calls and provided 169.75 hours of treatment to individuals who suffered abuse.
The walk will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and is hosted by KCC’s Pau Violence Task Force and the Kauai Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force in addition to the YWCA of Kauai.
“I think it’s the best way to promote awareness because we need support from both sides,” said Bethany Compton, KDVPTF coordinator. “I think there will be a greater impact in society when we have everyone supporting the goal.”