Take a walk in her shoes

Walk in her shoesApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

What: Community March to End Sexual Assault

Who: Center for Violence-free Relationships

Where: Start at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville

When: Saturday, May 4, 9:30 p.m.

Information: 530-626-1450 or 916-939-4464 or visit

The Center for Violence-free Relationships will hold its 11th annual Community March to End Sexual Assault on Saturday, May 4 starting at Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville. The theme of the march this year is “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge.”

Organizers posed what is the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge?”

There’s an old saying: “You can’t really understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” The center’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge” does just that.

Organizers ask men to walk a mile in women’s high heeled shoes to raise awareness about sexual assault in the community and beyond.

Why high heels? Because every two minutes someone is sexual assaulted in the U.S. and unfortunately, sexual assault is a gender based crime where women are most likely the victims. Too often the victims are blamed for the assault based on what they were wearing at the time, such as high heels or short skirts.

The center’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Challenge” is a community event to raise awareness and funds to support and prevent sexual assault in the community. This year’s walk really is a challenge. Walkers will be challenged to walk a mile down Placerville’s Main Street in high heels with the support of team and family members.

The event is great for individuals of all ages who want to participate in a beautiful walk and post-walk success party featuring the Placerville Rotarians cooking up hot dogs for all walkers according to the staff at the center.

The event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend together. The center also invites local companies to form teams and get their employees out in the community.

“It is a great opportunity for employees to gather outside of the workplace with their families, friends, co-workers and clients while making a valuable contribution to their community,” organizers said.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville.

For more information, to participate or to donate call 530-626-1450 or 916-939-4464 or visit

The Center for Violence-free Relationships is dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual assault and domestic violence through education, advocacy and services in western El Dorado County.

Center For Violence-Free Relationships

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