Put Yourself In Her Shoes

Saturday June 6th, 2020

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Thank you for all who participated in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® 2019

The 2nd Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ® event was another overwhelmingly successful day!  It may have been damp, rainy and overcast, but that did not stop this community from coming out and showing their support!  This year we asked men and women to rise up and choose to commit to ending violence. With one voice hundreds of individuals said, "We Promise. In Every Moment. Of Everyday. WE WILL COMMIT to Walk for You!"  It was an incredible way to join together with one common goal | to publicly declare for all women who are or have experienced abuse & violence, that we believe them and will stand by them and that we DO NOT condone Violence Against Women.

This year nearly 150 men and women stepped up in high heels (and other fun footwear!) on May 25 to walk the Hub Path along St. Mary's Rive to increase awareness and help families walk away from domestic violence. Additionally, a fantastic showing of community members 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 again this year with a final total of $53,233 of in kind and monetary support raised 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 toward healing.

Because of you, young people are learning about domestic violence, and the cycle of abuse can be broken.

Thank you.

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Thank you for all who participated in Walk A Mile In Her Shoes® 2018

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.

Thank you.

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.

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EVERYDAY WE WALK 4 YOU

WILL YOU BE APART OF CHANGE?

EVERY 2.5 days a woman is killed in Canada according to the 2018 inaugural report. Violence Against Women is not something that happens rarely.  It happens EVERY DAY.  In order to see change, our response needs to be EVERY DAY.

We are not looking for a Grand Community Gesture - we are asking men and women to CHOOSE in every moment of EVERY DAY to stand up, to speak out and to WALK for what is right.

Will you?

#EVERYDAY #WeWalk4YOU

#WeWalk4You

3 Reasons Why We Walk

Awareness

Someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become a victim of rape, sexual assault or gender violence.

KNOW the Signs.

Awareness is prevention.

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SAFETY

It can be difficult to accept or even believe that abuse and violence occur in our community.  Allow the numbers to speak for themselves.

This is why we Walk.

  • 303

    Individuals accessed emergency shelter services.

  • 2,886

    24Hr telephone and/or walk-in support and crisis services accessed.

  • 1,728

    Family court and transitional housing support services accessed.

  • 1,093

    Individual counseling services provided.

HER STORY

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:

Thanks for making this event possible!

Stiletto ($7,500 or greater)

Gladiators ($1,000 or greater)

Sneakers ($250 or greater)

PRIZE SPONSORS ($50 +)