( ENSPIRE AWARENESS ) Treasure Coast men wear high heels in walk against domestic violence
FORT PIERCE – Hundreds of people on the Treasure Coast are taking a stand against domestic violence, and they’re doing it in high heels. The 6th Annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event kicks off at 9 a.m. at Marina Square in downtown Fort Pierce.
During the event, men put on high heels and walk a mile through downtown to show their support for women. It all raises money for SafeSpace , a non-profit helping victims of domestic violence on the Treasure Coast.
“Although the spectacle of a bunch of men hobbling along in red stilettos can be very amusing, the issue of domestic violence is deadly serious. The event carries a much deeper message, bringing greater awareness about the life-saving work of our organization. One in three women will be a victim of domestic violence, so this truly is an issue that affects everyone,” said CEO Jill Borowicz in a press release.
SafeSpace leaders say an event like this is an easy way to get the community talking about a difficult subject. They say showing the community united against the issue sends a message that domestic violence won’t be tolerated.
More than 400 people raised about $55,000 in 2014’s event. This year, organizers combined three walks into one. Instead of having walks in Marin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties, they’ll host one regional walk in Fort Pierce.
Besides offering shelter, SafeSpace helps victims with any court procedures. It also has outreach programs to help protect victims and stop abuse before it happens.