In her shoes
On April 30 the Lindsay High School “MyStrength” and “MyVoice” students held their annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event.
The event is facilitated by Family Services Rape Crisis Center of Tulare County and is an innovative sexual violence prevention technique used to bring awareness to the issue.
“MyStrength” seeks to empower young men to prevent sexual violence by focusing on the positive aspects of masculinity and strength. “MyVoice” seeks to nurture the young girl’s self-esteem and create an environment where violence is not tolerated. The men in Lindsay took a stand against violence by literally “walking in her shoes” by putting on high heels and walking around the quad at Lindsay High School.
Lindsay High School principal, Jaime Robles put on a pair of high heels and participated in the walk.
“Although this may be painful and uncomfortable,” said Robles, “it is nothing compared to what the victims of sexual violence go through. Awareness is the first step and if this helps I’m glad to do it.”
Rape Crisis prevention specialist, Novie Hurtado said it took courage for the men to come out and participate.
“It’s something new,” Hurtado said. “Sexual violence during teen dating is on the rise and these guys are walking for their sisters, daughters, girlfriends and friends. They are saying that a real man does not have to be violent with a woman.”
Hurtado also wanted to give special thanks to the LHS Tennis team that participated in the event and Clift Energy Bars for sponsoring the event including lunch for the participants.