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Stepping out for a good cause

A first-ever "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event took place in Alexandria Tuesday. Men squeezed their toes into women's shoes to help increase awareness of gender violence. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

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.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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