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Sexual and gender violence protest heels its way through Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Hundreds of men, women and children took a stroll through downtown Wilmington in heels Saturday for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.

The fundraiser is in its 4th year and protests sexual and gender violence in our community.

All proceeds went to the Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center.

Their goal was not only to increase awareness about rape and sexual assault but also to share solidarity with victims.

“The guys really have fun with it,” said Katie Bennett, the event organizer. “There’s some people that decorate their shoes, there’s some people that go all out and get really fun shoes so it can be a really fun event. I think women really enjoy seeing their husbands, their boyfriends, their sons, and their fathers walk around in high heeled shoes and just have some fun with it and really speak out against something that has normally been considered a women’s cause. Men are now taking a stand and saying they’re not okay with it.”

Some men couldn’t quite handle walking in heels and instead wore the women’s shoes tied around their neck in support of the cause.

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