Men and women in Provo don high heels for race to raise awareness of sexual violence

Posted at 8:49 PM, Apr 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-18 22:49:03-04

PROVO, Utah – Women and men strapped into their best high-heeled shoes and ran or walked a mile Saturday morning, and while the event was fun it was for a very serious cause.

The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event in Provo was sponsored by the Center for Women And Children in Crisis, and the goal was to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and violence while also raising funds for the center. Participants gathered at The Shops at Riverwoods, 4801 University Avenue in Provo.

Rachelle Peterson, a prevention education specialist at the Center for Women and Children in Crisis, said it’s important for more people to be aware of sexual violence and the resources available to survivors of such crimes, and she said those who are struggling often need the support of those close to them to make a change.

“That’s where the help starts is with a support person,” Peterson said. “That’s where we see the most people getting help is when their friends tell them they have options and that they can get out of these situations.”

In addition to the race, there were other activities like carnival games, live music and a silent auction. Event organizers said all of the proceeds from the event go toward the center, which offers shelter and various outreach programs.

For more information about the Center for Women And Children in Crisis, visit their website.