Men took the streets of Columbia sporting stilettos, pumps and more at the fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Thursday April 17th. The Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands sponsored the event inviting men to stand up against sexual assault and abuse, one pair of heels at a time.
People came together to support those who have been victims of domestic violence. Vicky Rowland, who was a victim of sexual assault, had her friend Victoria with her for support.
"I was sexually assaulted when I was twelve and a majority of my friends have had something happen to them, so it mean's a lot to us to get together and do stuff. That way we can see that it's kind of making a difference together," Rowland said.
Many of the men donning heals understood the pain from the high heels is just a small sacrifice compared to what domestic violence victims have gone through.
Deputy Chris Lee strutted in high heels for the third year in a row despite the pain.
"This pain I'm feeling right now is nothing to what they must feel like because their is nothing like being violated. I can't imagine what that is like, but if this represents just an eighth of what they feel I just couldn't imagine," Lee said.
The men suffered through the pain for a mile, and realized what it really meant to walk a mile in her shoes. They know the pain from domestic violence lasts much longer than a mile.