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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes

ETSU stands against domestic violence towards women

By Alex Farmer
On April 6, 2014

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We all know those times when we have had to stop what we're doing and look again at something we just saw. That was the case for anybody walking or driving by campus last Thursday night.
The OASIS program on campus held the first annual "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event in order to raise awareness against domestic violence towards women.
This particular event was for a great cause and had an excellent turnout.
Men were asked to wear high heels while women were asked to wear "genderless" shoes.
Greek life, Lions Club and sports teams were among the many groups that were represented at the event.
Students, faculty and other participants gathered at the patio of the Culp University Center to rent their high heels.
The event was kicked off by an awareness speech that talked about the harms of domestic violence and rape.
Participants were then given a short demonstration on how to walk in their heels. Once the heels were on, the mile-long journey began.
The atmosphere of the walk was incredibly fun and high spirited. There were numerous signs that were carried around supporting the cause.
The Lions Club had a chant, "We are Lions, women and men, never going to wear high heels again."
Greek life carried various signs speaking the support of their fraternities and sororities while they walked.
Maybe the best sign of all, "Beards Against Violence," was also on display by, you guessed it, a group of guys with beards.
As I mentioned, the walk started and concluded at the Culp Center patio.
Walkers traveled down South Dossett Drive to Wilson-Wallis Hall. After getting a little bit of experience walking in the heels, we turned right onto John Robert Bell Drive. If you know which road that is, you know that it is downhill and can imagine the sight of seeing a bunch of guys walking in high heels going down it.
We got to level ground again at Warf-Pickel Hall and turned left onto North Dossett Drive. The march led on towards the intramural fields.
With the foot pain really starting to kick in, we turned right on Jack Vest Drive and headed towards West State of Franklin Road. Once reaching the road, we veered right onto the sidewalk and headed towards Sherrod Drive in front of D.M. Brown Hall. This was an exceptionally fun part of the walk because drivers were blowing their horns and getting a good laugh from the site they were witnessing.
Once at Sherrod Drive, we were met with an uphill battle, literally. After starting the climb, feet were hurting and people were starting to have "blowouts."
As you can imagine, this walk couldn't have happened without some heels being broken or some wedges being ripped along the way.
Down the home stretch, when the blowouts occurred, it began to look like an every-man-for-himself type of walk.
Don't get me wrong, everyone was still laughing and having a lot of fun - it was just when you looked over and saw a guy standing there with a broken heel; it made you want to get to that finish without a broken heel so bad. The defeated look on a guy's face that had just broken his heel after walking all that way was enough to make a person cringe.
After reaching the top of Sherrod Drive, in which felt like the summit of the tallest mountain in the world, we continued onward past the courtyard by Sam Wilson Hall and the Campus Center Building.
At the point, our destination was in sight and the guys couldn't have been happier.
To reach the Culp Center patio was like reaching water after traveling across the desert for the guys. High heels were being taken off faster than the eye could keep up with. At this point, you can imagine the look of fear when they were asked to put them back on to take pictures with their respective groups.
The event ended with a closing speech of thanks and promotion of ending violence against women.
There were even a few appreciation awards given out to some groups.
I must add the Lions Club, which I am a proud member of, won the Most Spirited Award for their chant. However, everybody deserved a leadership award for standing out against domestic violence and showing they will not stand for it.
Altogether, it was a great event with a great turn out.
Everybody had a lot of fun while also raising money and awareness for the cause. Events like these can make a great difference in helping people in our communities.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence, OASIS is there to help.
They offer counseling and other types of help for you or someone you know. Do not be ashamed to seek help.
As always, follow me on Twitter @GatorZ25 and let me know what you thought about the article or what you want to see in future issues. Stay safe and God Bless!

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