Campus men stomp violence in heels

Where can you see members of the Seton Hill University (SHU) football or lacrosse team tottering around in size 12 red stilettos? The third annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event for the Blackburn Center will be held April 20, 2013 at Lynch Park in downtown Greensburg.

“Domestic/sexual violence impact everyone.  The statistics in our area are very sobering indeed.  The Walk a Mile event delivers a serious message that obliterates traditional classroom instruction.  It is an honor to participate in this with my students,” said Maureen Vissat, a faculty advisor of the SHU Feminist Collective.

Last year’s event had over 300 participants, not just limited to men, but also to women and children. According to Vissat, the number of participants has grown each year.

“I think it is a very important event because it raises awareness for domestic violence issues.  It educates the community on the fact that not only does domestic violence occur in our area, but that there are organizations like the Blackburn Center set up to help victims in our community,” said Maria Lemmo, vice president of the Feminist Collective and first time participant in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

While the SHU football and Lacrosse teams have already committed to participate in this years event, the planners are encouraging other teams to sign up. Last year, trophies featuring the iconic red heel were given the team that raised the most money for the Blackburn Center as well as to the largest team.

“This annual event galvanizes the entire community for a popular town and gown event.  The Walk sends two clear messages: most men do not condone violence, and sexual and domestic violence are not just ‘women’s issues’ but rather impact everyone,” said Vissat.

Anyone who wants to participate can contact Vissat, Susan Eichenberger, or Robert Zullo. Online registration is available through the Blackburn Center’s website or the SHU Feminist Collective Facebook page.

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