CHESTER, PA (CBS) – On Friday, male students at Widener University learned a painful lesson for a good cause. It’s a sight you don’t see every day: about 20 male Widener University students walk across campus in heels.
The painful walk is part of “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes”.
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Journalist Howard Monroe: How do your feet feel?
Student Jacob Dingman: They hurt but I’m trying not to fall.
Journalist Howard Monroe: What’s the hardest part of all of this?
Student Ryan Schreiber: It’s a little harder than I thought.
Journalist Howard Monroe: Have you ever had to concentrate while walking before?
Student Ryan Schreiber: Not so far.
Although a fun event, the march is a national movement to bring attention to domestic violence and sexual assault.
“It’s really meaningful for all of us girls because we’ve been through so much sexism and sexual assault,” student Natalie Gallagher said.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nationally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. On a typical day, 20,000 calls are made to domestic violence helplines. And domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime
“It’s an exceptional thing that these guys learn at such a young age before they step out into the world,” said Joseph Henson of the Center Against Domestic Violence.
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In the end, some men grew in confidence, even running to the finish line. But the lesson was learned in the mile in his shoes.
“I just want to go home. I want to go to sleep,” student Sam Alghamdi said.
For more information on walking, or if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, check out the resources below.
Walk a mile in her shoes
National domestic hotline
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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence