Stepping out for a good cause
More than 85 people, including many men walking gingerly on high heels, took to the streets of Alexandria Tuesday night in a new communitywide effort against sexual assault.
Someplace Safe of Douglas County organized the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men's March to End Sexual Assault and Gender Violence."
It partnered with the Lakes Area Professional Women and LifeSTAGE Wealth Management Group, LLC, to present the event as part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month,
"We had a fantastic first year event!" said Susan Keehn, crime victim advocate with Someplace Safe. "We raised more than $3,000."
The walkers gathered at Big Ole Park. Men had a chance to try on several different sizes of women's shoes before beginning the trek, which also involved many women.
Participants collected pledges for the event and then walked one mile while wearing high heels.
A presentation took place after the walk and free-will donations were collected.
All the money will be donated to Someplace Safe of Douglas County to be used to help serve victims of crime in Douglas County.