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‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ is Friday in Perham

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Someplace Safe in Perham will be holding its annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” this Friday, April 26.

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April is recognized across the country as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Registration for the walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. at 100 2nd Ave. SW, with the march set to start at noon.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” gets men literally walking for one mile in a pair of women’s shoes, while at the same time raising awareness and funds to help provide services and support to victims and survivors of violence in the Perham area. Special consideration will be given to those who are not physically able to wear high heels. Socks are optional.

A main goal of the event is to get people in the community talking about the difficult topic of sexual violence. One in three women has experienced sexual violence in her lifetime, and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18. That means most people have been a victim, or know someone who has been a victim, of sexual violence.

Men are invited to challenge themselves, friends, family and co-workers to gather pledges and walk. Women are also welcome to walk. The first 50 participants to register will receive free T-shirts, and shoes will be available for those who need them.

The march will end at Turtle Park in downtown Perham, with lunch provided to all participants and offered to all other individuals for a free-will donation.

All proceeds will go to help victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Otter Tail County.

For more information about the origin and purpose of the march, visit the national website at www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

Someplace Safe has been empowering men, women, and children through a variety of programs since 1979. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, personal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, and prevention education in area schools, civic groups and the larger community about violence and its effects.

For more information on Someplace Safe, visit www.someplacesafe.info or contact Karry at 346-7276 or karry.s@someplacesafe.info.

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