Saturday May 25th, 2019
Thank you for all who participated in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® 2018
Because of you…
At the Sault’s very 1st Walk a Mile event, nearly 185 people stepped up in high heels (and other fun footwear!) on May 26 starting from the steps of City Hall along the Hub Path on St. Mary’s River to help families walk away from domestic violence. Additionally, over 750 individuals came out to show their support of the work we do, and to join their voices with all the Walkers #EndVAW.
We surpassed all our expectations for this first year for a final total of over $50,000 that will have a tremendous impact on Sault Ste. Marie and our domestic violence prevention and awareness programs at Women In Crisis.
Because of you, a child in our city doesn’t need to go to bed tonight in fear. Because of you, more families can take the first steps towards healing. Because of you, young people are learning about domestic violence, and the cycle of abuse can be broken.
About Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
There is an old saying, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk A Mile In Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It is not easy walking in these shoes, but it IS fun and gets everyone talking about something that can be really difficult to talk about and that is, that rape, sexual assault and gender violence is not okay. We want to get people talking so that we can try preventing this from happening in the first place.
Are You Man Enough?
It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and to literally Walk A Mile In Her Shoes all in the name of supporting our cause and doing your part in decreasing the potential for violence. We realize that you may not be walking just for the women and children we support, you may have someone close to you that has experienced abuse and violence. If you plan to walk, that tells us you totally get that this form of violence does not only affect women…it impacts the men who care about them, their families, friends, neighbours and coworkers. It affects communities. We are in need of people to first walk the walk…then talk the talk.
Are YOU man enough?
3 Reasons Why We Walk
Someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become a victim of rape, sexual assault or gender violence.
Awareness is prevention.
Sometimes it can be hard to accept or even believe that these kinds of things are happening in community. Let the numbers speak for themselves on the reasons we walk.
From April 1 2016 to March 31 2017:
288 INDIVIDUALS ACCESSED EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES
3,325 24HR TELEPHONE AND/OR WALK-IN SUPPORT AND CRISIS SERVICES ACCESSED
1,441 FAMILY COURT AND TRANSITIONAL HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES ACCESSED
2,039 INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SERVICES PROVIDED
If you are wondering why hosting this event is so important to us, there is no better way to tell you than to let you hear the voices of survivors who have allowed us to share in their journey:
“The biggest strength of this agency is the incredible emotional support that this amazing staff offered me…I felt supported, listened to. Respected in all that I am, all the time, it was a very positive experience for me during that crazy storm I was going through. I will always be thankful…always.”
“Words cannot express the value of this agency to our community. Each staff member I have encountered…have been outstanding. Women who have experienced abuse in their lives have a very distorted view of the world. You feel at all times vulnerable, uneasy, and alone. Women In Crisis helped me to learn to shed those feelings and start to feel strong again…I felt as though I could start to breathe again. I will be forever grateful and blessed for this amazing agency and the services they provide. More funding should be allowed to such an incredible program for our city.”