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Sep 9, 2008    #088
Contact: Laura Pate Byerley
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UMKC Women’s Center Hosts 2008 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® Men will march in women’s heels to increase awareness of violence

It’s been said that to understand someone, it’s necessary to walk a mile in that person’s shoes. Building on that premise, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Women’s Center and UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project are asking men to walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.

UMKC’s second annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®: An International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence event will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25 at the Oak Street Residence Hall Courtyard. Proceeds will benefit the UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Project.

Because it is intended to unite women, people who face violence and violence prevention supporters, the event is open to everyone. Registration and shoe rental is $15 for students and $30 for non-students. Participants can register online at www.umkc.edu/womenc/walkamile.asp or in person at the UMKC Women’s Center at 105 Haag Hall.

Frank Baird, a California-based psychotherapist, created Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® in 2001 so men could help prevent sexual assault.

“Violence against women does not just affect women,” Baird has said. “Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped. Men are hurt and angered when they try to develop relationships with women in an atmosphere of fear and mistrust and blame,” Baird has said. “And the same violence that targets women also targets men because rape isn’t about sex. It’s about power control and violence.”

For more information about the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® campaign, visit www.walkamileinhershoes.com.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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