Friday, June 15, 2018, 4pm (Registration)
Walk steps off at 6 pm
Each year, an ever-increasing number of allies and advocates are joining the award-winning Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.
YWCA Lancaster is hosting A Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event on Friday, June 15, at 4 p.m., at Tellus360, to benefit the Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center (SAPCC). SAPCC provides professional trauma based counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and a 24-hour sexual assault hotline for victim survivors of sexual assault and their family members. All services are provided at no cost! No shoes? No problem, we will have ladies shoes in all shapes, sizes and colors available to rent prior to the walk.
Reinventing the Heel
There is much about Walk A Mile In Her Shoes that is grounded in history. Walk A Mile events took shape as an opportunity to for men to raise awareness within their community to the sexual violence toward women. Today, we attempt to take a much greater stride with our awareness, stepping out for sexual violence as it effects all members of our community regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or age.
Many participants may choose to wear high heels. High heels are so much more than a shoe or an accessory: they are a symbol of both female empowerment and female subordination. Wearing a pair of high heels changes the way your walk, your stance, your perspective. They can lead you to feel uncomfortable and off-balance, or powerful and elevated.
Walking a mile in high heel shoes is symbolic of the challenges faced everyday by members of our community whose journey every day includes constant vigilance against the possibility of a sexual assault or of violence in their home, and for some, walking the path of healing following an assault.
The YWCA embraces the opportunity to redefine this potentially polarizing symbol to embody understanding, empathy, connectedness, and a brave willingness to stand tall for everyone. We do this walk to raise awareness, to call attention to and fight against gender norms and stereotypes, and to help ALL victims of sexual violence. We encourage everyone who participates in the Walk A Mile event to wear the shoes in solidarity, showing united support throughout our community.
First you Walk the Walk
There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks participants to literally walk one mile in high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against those with less power.
Then you Talk the Talk
It’s critical to open communication about gender violence. While hidden away, sexualized violence is immune to cure. So, how do you get people talking now, so they can prevent it from happening? If it’s already happened, how do you help them recover?
Registration and Sponsorship Information
Registration is now open
Register now! The event is open to anyone ages 16 and older, participants are encouraged to register for the YWCA Lancaster Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event to raise money on behalf of victim survivors of sexual assault.
Spread the Word!
The success of this event depends on the fundraising efforts of all participants, and we make it easy to raise money! Once you have registered for the event you will be prompted to set up a fundraising page. From there you may utilize social media to reach your contacts, family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Have fun with the page, too! Post a photo of you wearing your high heels… But remind your donors you are doing this on behalf of victim survivors of sexual assault.
The walk will begin in Penn Square and will weave down W. King to Prince (make a right), Prince to Lemon (make a right), Lemon to Queen (make another right) and walk straight back to Penn Square.
Pre-registration and shoe pickup will take place at Tellus360 beginning at 4 p.m. A pre-walk opening ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. and then we will lead the men to Penn Square to begin their journey!
The after party will be held at Tellus360 immediately following the end of the walk.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Be part of a unique event that is sure to garner a lot of coverage from both print and broadcast media and lots of positive publicity. Since it is being held on Third Music Friday, it will grab the attention of hundreds of people milling about downtown Lancaster.
As a sponsor you can select from a large variety of promotional impressions that will give you high visibility before, during and after the event. Proceeds from the event will go towards funding the YWCA Lancaster’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center (SAPCC). SAPCC provides support and advocacy for victim survivors of sexual abuse, for significant others, and for other family members. What an amazing cause!
Walk A Mile in Her Shoes raised more than $40,000 for YWCA Lancaster and their Sexual Assault Prevention & Counseling Center
I'm interested, how can I join?
Register for the event and set up your fundraising page. It’s our goal to make this a fun event to bring awarness to sexual violence and to raise money so we can provide services to victim survivors of sexual assault at no charge.
Licensed by Frank Baird & Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, a Venture Humanity, Inc. Project
<!–Want to be part of a FUN event? If you are not up for walking, but still want to support the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, there are many volunteer opportunities available. We couldn’t hold this event without our dedicated, hard-working volunteers to fill so many key roles!
Volunteer opportunities are available starting at noon on Walk Day. These include set up, shoe fitting, flip flop sales, crossing guards, tear down and so much more.
It takes an army to put on the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, so we greatly appreciate your willingness to volunteer for this event.
If you are interested in volunteering for the event, then we want to hear from you! Information is here.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Friday, June 15, 2018, 6 p.m.