Midlands Men Strut Heels Against Sexual Assault. - DatelineCarolina

Midlands Men Strut In High Heels for Sexual Assault Awareness

Over 400 men wore heels to support sexual assault victims. Over 400 men wore heels to support sexual assault victims.

By: Jennifer Howell

Heels were the shoes of choice for men in the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event April 7. Over 400 walkers paid to strut around the Columbia Convention Center to support Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

"It's fun. I mean it's the first time, as I recall, ever wearing women's shoes," Columbia attorney Stan Lacy said.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands hosted the event to raise awareness of sexual assault.

"South Carolina leads the nation in forced sexual assault and rape," event organizer Jenny Wallace said.

The SC Law Enforcement Division reported almost 1,500 people were sexually assaulted in South Carolina last year.

"I think if we have even one victim than it is an important issue and we need to do what we can," Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott said. 

Chief Scott and other Midlands law enforcement officials were given red heels in honor of their yearly participation.

The money raised goes to counseling survivors of sexual assault and educating the community.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands expects an even larger turnout next year.

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