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ETSU to host first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march

By Jelissa Neal
On March 30, 2014

Take Back the Night is an international campaign that brings awareness to issues of sexual, gender and personal violence.
ETSU's annual Take Back the Night week of events creates a forum for students, faculty, staff and community members to get involved, raise awareness and show their support for those on our campus and in our community who have been affected by sexual, personal and gender violence.
The week kicks off with a Candlelight Vigil to honor survivors of sexual and personal violence on April 1 at 7 p.m. on the Cave Patio.  
Campus and community members are all invited to witness testimony, poetry and music, followed by a Takeover Tuesday-sponsored reception with refreshments in the Cave.
Beginning the same day is the Clothesline Project, which will be located along the Pedestrian Mall.
Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to relay messages of hope, support and strength, and to bring awareness to the silence that is often juxtaposed with violence against women.  
For ETSU's 9th annual Take Back the Night week, OASIS is launching a new event: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is the "International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence."
Based on current statistics, thousands of women and hundreds of men are affected by sexual assault and relationship violence during their college careers.
As a university community, we cannot afford to remain silent.
We are asking you to consider joining the march and promoting male leadership by rallying your team, department, fraternity, and/or friends to do the same, so together we can bring attention to the sexual violence crisis.
The event is on Thursday April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning and ending on the Cave Patio.
In addition to increasing awareness about sexual and gender violence, participants can also enjoy snacks, booths, giveaways, T-shirts and compete for awards, including Mr. Congeniality and Best Walk.
Since this is ETSU's first Walk A Mile march, there is no registration fee.
Men may rent a pair of women's heels or find a pair for themselves.
Heels can be rented for $7 before the event and $10 on the day of the march (availability is limited).
Any donations that exceed startup costs will go to valuable community advocacy resources, such as the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner in Johnson City.
Any cash donations or checks, made payable to Take Back the Night at ETSU, are welcomed.
Women are welcome to join the walk, but unlike men, heels are optional.
Residents of Carter, Powell and Stone Halls are also encouraged to come out and cheer on participants as they walk by between 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Many university and community members have already shown their support for this cause.
Cosponsors for Walk a Mile include the Student Government Association, Washington-Unicoi-Johnson County Medical Alliance, Resident Hall Association, ETSU Lions Club, Campus Recreation, Kappa Delta Sorority, Women's Resource Center, Earth Fare, Buctainment, Planned Parenthood, Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, and the Washington County-Johnson City Health Department.
Contact Kate Emmerich at or call 423-439-4841 for more information, to sign up, and for heel rental inquiries.

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